Steve Catalano: Stepping Up

Steve Catalano knows firsthand that one person can make a difference. Catalano has raised more than $180,000 for Lyme disease research since 2015, after his daughter contracted it. That’s a hefty sum in such a short time. But he started giving back long before it became personal. A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner for 27 years, he…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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Mass AG Clears 21 Ballot Questions

Another minimum wage hike is only one of the 21 ballot initiatives covering 18 different topics that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey advanced this past week toward the November ballot. At this point, the AG only certifies that the questions do not violate the state constitution, clearing the way for the proponents to go to…

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Employment Law Traps Abound

Whether the NLRB remains in business or not, the plethora of traps that unwitting small businessmen and women can find themselves caught in shows no signs of shrinking. Here are a couple of issues to ponder. Under recent court rulings in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, employers may be sued for not making a reasonable accommodation…

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A Ballot Trifecta

SEIU-backed Raise Up Massachusetts is looking to score on a trifecta of issues on the coming November ballot as the group filed two petitions with the Attorney General by Wednesday’s initial deadline.  The two petitions include increasing the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandating up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave.…

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Endangered Species?: How Dunkin’s kitchen deal may spell the end of CPLs

On National Donut Day, the first Friday in June, customers streamed into Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the country for a free and tasty treat. Dunkin’, which says it sells 2.7 billion donuts and Munchkins each year, is the number one retailer of donuts in America. And, long before people were lining up for their favorite…

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Pregnancy Protections

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed the Pregnant Workers Protection Act (H3680) into law requiring employers in the Commonwealth to make reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the new law, which hadn’t been able to gain much traction in several past sessions, it is illegal for employers in the state to choose not hire…

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Scheduling Mandates Spreading

The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last…

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Different Views of Soda Taxes, Predictive Scheduling

Despite the fact that revenues from the Philadelphia soda tax appear to have been overpromised and are now under-delivering, and the roll-out of the new soda tax in Cook County, Illinois was an unmitigated disaster, the idea continues to grow in popularity. This week, Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue took testimony on a new…

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Massachusetts Sends Millionaire’s Tax to Ballot

In an unfortunate, but sadly not surprising move, the Massachusetts legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention, gave final approval to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would tack an additional 4% tax on incomes in excess of $1 million. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 favorable votes from the 200 legislators…

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