Minimum Wage Study Verifies Impact

The small town of Emeryville outside Oakland, California adopted an aggressive living wage law back in 2015. Just one month after the city council passed the minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave ordinance on June 2, the $9.00 minimum wage increased to $12.25 for small businesses (55 or fewer employees) and to $14.44 for large…

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DC Council Passes Universal Leave

As expected, early this week the DC Council adopted the Universal Paid Leave Bill that received its initial approval on an 11-2 vote two weeks ago. This time around, the final tally was a veto-proof 9-4 after two councilors made a concerted but unsuccessful effort to amend the bill by swapping out the 0.62 payroll…

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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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Et Tu, Governor?

The push for wage increases, paid sick/family leave, secured scheduling or any number of other dictated benefits seems endless, but when they’re proposed by those who claim to be pro-business, it seems that much more disturbing.  That brings us to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, generally thought to be a pro-business Republican Governor, who announced this…

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DOL Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

They just keep piling on, don’t they?  The Department of Labor yesterday issued regulations implementing President Obama’s 2015 executive order requiring that contractors with the federal government provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to employees of companies with federal contracts.  Obama initially mandated the new benefits by executive order over…

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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave

When as expected, Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin signs the bill passed by the legislature last week, Vermont will become the fifth state to pick up the mantle of mandating private employers provide paid sick leave to their employees.  The legislation provides that beginning next January 1, employers in the Green Mountain state must give employees…

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DOL Official Endorses Paid Sick Leave

As if sticking it to business through the aforementioned overtime rule wasn’t enough transformation, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Massachusetts last week to advocate for the adoption of mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees.  The administration’s push for national paid sick leave mandates has not gotten any traction in…

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DC Council Considers New Paid Sick Leave Plan

In the sober light of day, the District of Columbia City Councilors are hopefully starting to realize how expensive these feel good mandates can be.  A paid leave proposal being considered in DC would require employers to pay into a fund from which employees would be paid up to 16 weeks paid leave for employees…

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New York City Expands Protections, Raises Minimum Wage

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week signed legislation expanding protections for employees under the NYC Human Rights Law, by adding “caregiver status” as an additional protected category.  The Mayor added the “caregiver” category to the list of those protected from being fired, demoted or denied promotion because they’re a caregiver or perceived…

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