Independent Joe #76 Dec 2022/Jan 2023

As part of our mission to communicate matters of importance to Dunkin’ franchise owners, we routinely include news about business regulations, trends and franchising in this magazine. With this final issue of 2022, we are offering information about several potential concerns we see brewing for the new year.

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New Year’s Day Triggers

It’s not only minimum wages (as we advised last week) and the Connecticut Clean Slate Law that become effective on January 1st this year, but rather a number of new laws in other states around the country. Small businesses are advised to be cognizant of the many law changes that come with the New Year,…

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Bereavement Leave Mandated

Back in early September, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1949 into law, the state of California became the third state to mandate bereavement leave for workers. The provisions of AB 1949, effective on January 1, 2023 and applicable when a business employs 5 or more workers, were adopted as an amendment to the…

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Right to Unionize Adopted

Illinois will become the first state to ban “right to work” laws after voters approved the ballot measure constitutionally securing the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively. The Illinois Constitution allows for two methods by which an amendment can be added: be approved with 60% or greater margin, or collect more a simple…

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Ballot Questions: Election Post-Mortem

It was an even split on election day for questions on keeping a tipped wage as Portland Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot proposal to eliminate the tipped wage and hike the minimum within the city to $18 per hour. Question D, as the initiative was known went down to defeat by a 61-39% margin.…

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2022 Ballot Questions: Right to Work

We’ve emphasized in this space before the importance of getting out to vote and that elections do indeed have consequences. As the 2022 midterm elections come into greater focus, it’s important to take a look around at some of the ballot initiatives that voters will be deciding in a few weeks. On many topics, Illinois…

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Unpaid Bereavement Leave Extended

Although it won’t become effective for a few more months, be advised that earlier this summer, Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). The amendments are effective January 1, 2023, and they: (1) expand the definition of family members covered…

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Bereavement Leave Law Expanded

There may still be a few months to prepare for its implementation, but Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). Under the amendments, which become effective on January 1, 2023, the definition of family members covered by the FBLA is…

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Illinois Pushing Right to Unionize

Speaking of unionizing efforts, organized labor in the state of Illinois is aggressively pushing to create a state constitutional “right to collective bargaining” in Illinois for all employees. In fact, unions have donated $5 million thus far in support of Amendment 1, an initiative petition on the November 8 ballot that proposes to add a…

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Illinois Amends Rest Mandate

Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation (SB.3146) just under a month ago amending the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA) revising the interval when an employee must receive a day off. Previously, a covered employee in Illinois needed only to receive a day off within any given calendar week (as many as 12 days…

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