Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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Labor Backs Wage Hikes, Then Limits on Automation

After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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Connecticut Looks for Compromise on 80/20 Rule

In the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify state law relative to the so-called 80/20 rule. In essence, the bill would have codified what the state labor department had been advising businesses for years – that for workers with blended duties (functions for which they receive…

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly!

Fortunately, we don’t have to report on every legislative initiative that comes down the road, but there is a vast array of fringe legislation regularly considered and sadly enough, often adopted as the law of the land! For a few examples, consider that the New Jersey legislature recently increased the state minimum wage to $10/hour…

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Nevada Enacts Trio of Employee Benefit Laws

A little over one week ago, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed three separate bills, each of which expand mandates on businesses by way of specific employee benefits. AB 456 provides for annual increases in the state minimum wage until it reaches $11 or $12 per hour in 2024, depending on employee benefits. The current Nevada…

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No Deal in Vermont As Legislature Adjourns

Despite movement toward agreement on increasing the state minimum wage and adopting a statewide paid sick leave law, negotiation broke down with a fanfare as the House abruptly adjourned last week until January 7 of 2020. It had been reported that House and Senate leadership had broken a stalemate and reached agreement on increasing the…

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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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Colorado Ups Wage Theft to Felony

One week ago yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 1267, An Act Concerning Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages, into law. The law provides that employers who refuse to pay a wage claim, falsely deny a wage claim with an intent to not pay, or underpay a claim as a means to harass or…

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