Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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Paid Family Leave at the Forefront

New York’s Junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential test pool this week with her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee. More importantly to small business interests, in her late night TV show announcement, she highlighted paid family leave among a host of…

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Starbucks Expands Employee Benefits

Starbucks Corporation has joined the chorus of companies increasing their employee benefits program in some manner or other in the face of a historically tight labor market. The Seattle-based company announced that it is expanding its child care coverage for employees and significantly subsidizing the benefit for its 180,000 employees. Under the new plan, employees…

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Discount Meals Don’t Violate FLSA

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in Rodriguez v Taco Bell Corp. that requiring employees to eat employer-discounted meals in the restaurant violates neither the US Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or California Employment Law. Taco Bell offers its employees discounted meals for their required 30-minute meal breaks…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks announced this week that it will begin offering health insurance coverage for the parents of its China employees who’ve been with the company for a minimum of two years. The new benefit limits coverage to parents less than 75 years old and comes as the company looks to double the number of stores in…

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Labor & Lawmakers Sue Arizona

A number of sitting lawmakers joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 in filing suit against the state of Arizona this week challenging the validity of HB 2579, which restricts cities and counties from enacting legislation that mandates what employee benefits private employers must offer their employees.  HB. 2579 passed both branches and was…

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de Blasio To Push Mandatory Retirement Savings Next

With sodium warning labels now safely in place, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took another page out of the “big government playbook” when he led a rally last week at which he announced a plan to mandate retirement savings for all employees of private companies with 10 or more workers where there is not…

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