Miscellaneous

For a period of time, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was said to be contemplating a primary challenge against President Donald Trump for the republican presidential nomination. He decided against that undertaking, and accepted the Chairmanship of the National Governors Association instead. That job might be equally challenging as the organization had been hemorrhaging staff since…

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Maine Becomes 1st State to Ban Polysterene Foam

The state of Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of polysterene foam food and drink containers when Governor Janet Mills signed the restriction into law this week. LD 289, sponsored by Representative Stanley Zeigler, prohibits restaurants and other “covered establishments” from providing food or beverages in Styrofoam containers effective…

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Wage Increase

At the other end of the spectrum on the minimum wage debate, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week vetoed a minimum wage bill increasing the wage in Maryland to $15/hour by 2025 and by July, 2026 for smaller businesses with 14 or fewer employees. Notwithstanding the Governor’s veto, the legislature quickly – in fact, within…

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Different Directions on State Minimum Wages

It could be called a tale of three directions when we look at minimum wage actions in Arkansas, Florida and Maryland within the past two weeks. As we’ve advised in past issues, the Maryland General Assembly has been advancing minimum wage legislation to hike the state minimum to $15/hour by 2025 and just last week,…

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More Minimum Wage Movements

Since we last updated our readers on minimum wage increases just a few weeks ago, there has been still more movement in a number of states toward the $15 per hour level. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who has been brandishing his progressive credentials by signing a host of liberal measures, signed a new $15…

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Minimum Wages Grabbing More Headlines

Speaking of minimum wages, this past week the US House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing on the Raise the Wage Act (H.582 – filed by Sanders, House Chairman Bobby Scott and a host of others) that lasted better than 7 hours. The bill would mandate an increase in the current $7.25…

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Maryland Entertaining Combined Reporting

To the dismay of a number of retail and restaurant groups within Maryland, state senator Ron Young is now pushing legislation in Annapolis that would mandate combined reporting for state income purposes and potentially generate an additional $50 million in revenue for the Terrapin State. Combined reporting, which is currently the law in 27 states…

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Maryland, New Jersey Minimum Wage Outlook

With a new legislature taking office this past week in Annapolis, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan can anticipate using his veto pen on a host of proposals should they make it to his desk. Legislators in the Terrapin State have already begun pushing another increase in the state minimum wage from the current $10.10/hour to a…

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Maryland Franchisee Recalls Her Path to Dunkin’ Ownership

As the spectacular tan and orange landscape, the clear blue water and the architectural magnificence of the Hoover Dam sprawled below her, Maria Icaza reflected on the relationships, connections, and commitment to hard work that brought her and her general manager Kaiesha Carter on a helicopter ride and, later that day, to a champagne dinner…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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