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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Massachusetts Releases Family and Medical Leave Regulation

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released a model of the notice that employers will be required to provide to their existing employees by May 31, 2019.  The Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit was created by the poorly-named Grand Bargain that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last June. Although employers…

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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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States Looking at Minimum Wages, Both Ways

The minimum wage issue continues to be debated in a number of state houses across the country, with several looking to roll back new mandates. In Arkansas, republican state senator Bob Ballinger filed legislation to partially undo a ballot initiative passed by the state voters in November. Senate Bill 115 would exempt anyone under the…

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Maximum Movements on Minimum Wages

The current push for increasing minimum wages really began back in 2012, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing much at all. But first, let’s look at the exception that proves the rule. With democrat Gretchen Whitmer poised to take over as Michigan Governor from republican incumbent Rick Snyder, the republican state senate voted Wednesday…

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Minimum Wage Hikes in 2019

With the New Year just one month away, it seems timely to advise our subscribers of the increases that will become effective with the turn of the calendar on New Year’s Day. There are a number of municipalities along with twenty states where the legal minimum wage will increase on January 1, either adjusted by…

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Washington DC Wage & Paid Leave Drama

We could have just lumped the Nation’s Capital into the above paragraph, but there always seems to be more to DC than meets the eye. Initiative 77, which would have increased the District minimum wage to $15/hour and eliminated the tipped wage by 2026, was passed by the voters in June of this year. Throughout…

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