Miscellaneous

Debate continues over the long-term impact of minimum wage hikes on the economic circumstances of the lower-wage workforce with opponents pointing to the detrimental effects on business growth and job opportunities while advocates highlight more money in a worker’s weekly paycheck. Well, a new study out of the University of Washington concludes that state and…

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Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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More Than Half The States Hiking Minimums

With the turn of the calendar earlier this week, more than half of the states in the nation ushered in increases to their state minimum wages or will do so by the next New Year holiday. Some twenty-six states plus the District of Columbia will be mandating a minimum wage increase in 2020. In fact,…

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Minimum Wages Rise with the New Year

As January 1 rapidly approaches, it is imperative for small business owners to be aware of the changes in federal, state and local laws that become effective with the new year. Toward that end, we would advise you that the minimum wage will increase in each of the following states on January 1: Alaska, Arizona,…

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New Jersey Softening Wage Hike?

In that same vein, New Jersey legislators are set to consider the impact that minimum wage hikes and other mandates can have on small businesses, but especially in the event of an economic downturn.  Small business owner and democratic Senator Vin Gopal joined forces with republican Deputy Whip Senator Kristin Corrado to sponsor S.3607, a…

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Prepare for Changes Coming With New Year

As the calendar gets closer to 2020, it’s important for all small business owners to be aware and prepare for the changes that will come with the New Year. For example, half of the states in the nation have an increase in the minimum wage taking effect as January arrives. Over the course of the…

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Connecticut Sexual Harassment Law Expanded

In our haste to keep an eye on and advise you of all the various legal changes that have occurred over the past few months in all states across the Dunkin’ footprint, we seem to have missed a couple of changes that took effect in Connecticut this week. First, Connecticut’s minimum wage increased by $0.90/hour…

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Wage Theft Law Now Much Tougher in NJ

With Governor Phil Murphy still on vacation last week, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed legislation into law that significantly strengthens the penalties for wage theft in New Jersey. S.1790, which Oliver signed last Friday with much fanfare, updates the New Jersey Wage Payment and Wage Hour laws by increasing penalties and enforcement activities. Under the…

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Heading To the Ballot?

Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a…

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Miscellaneous

The US economic expansion now officially qualifies as the longest in history! The nation’s GDP has grown for the last 121 consecutive months, having started back in 2009 after the end of the Great Recession. Notwithstanding the strength and growth of the economy, the country is replete with those who would hamstring it. A new…

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