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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There’s Still Minimum Wages

Notwithstanding some major improvements in the regulatory and legal environments as evidenced above, we still must remain diligent on other issues that can and will directly impact our businesses. Toward that end, and with the New Year just over a week away, we can’t be too hesitant in reminding our subscribers about the upcoming changes…

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Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Updates Coming

As we get further into the fall months, there tends to be fewer public hearings on new legislative proposals as lawmakers look to get back to their districts and wind down their formal work. That lull, such as it is, gives us valuable time to capture and summarize the broad array of state legislative changes…

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Paid Leave Mandates

When the Connecticut legislature wrapped up their business for the 2017 session, they also closed the window for this year on a paid leave mandate in the Constitution State with SB0001 failing to garner the support necessary to make it out of the senate. The bill, titled An Act Concerning Earned Family and Medical Leave,…

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Paid Leave Debates Ongoing

It’s possible to next become law in Maryland as Governor Larry Hogan seems to be considering signing a paid sick leave mandate into law. That fact is worth noting given that Hogan had previously announced the proposal “dead on arrival”. The Governor had previously proposed his own paid sick leave bill that applied to 50…

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Paid Leave Surfacing Again

It has been rearing its head all around the nation for a while now, and the paid leave phenomenon got a boost when President Trump addressed Congress and told them he wanted them to pass paid family leave into law. So, with that boost, the issue continues with Maine considering adopting a version of the…

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Profile in Courage? Not!

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had previously expressed reservations about the latest family leave bill that the DC Council sent for her signature. In fact, when the Council passed the bill back in December, she released a statement explaining that the law would be too costly on DC business and would mostly benefit suburbanites working…

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Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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DC Council Approves Family Leave Bill

On Tuesday by a vote of 11-2, the Washington DC City Council gave initial approval to a new Family Leave Act that may ultimately require employers to grant workers, both full- and part-time, eight weeks of paid family leave, six weeks of leave to care for a sick family member and two weeks of sick…

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90% Pay For 11 Weeks Off?

The final provisions of the so-called Family Leave Act for the District of Columbia were released early this week by Councilman Philip Mendelson who has championed the effort in the Nation’s Capital. Under the revised proposal, which will likely be voted on next week and is expected to pass, DC employers will be required to…

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