Minimum Wage Heading to Arkansas Ballot

Although it is still not official, it seems much more likely that voters in Arkansas will get the chance to decide on a proposal to increase the state minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021. Advocates submitted an additional 45,000 signatures to the Secretary of State last Friday. The ballot initiative, which proposes to…

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Industry Sues over Tipped Wage Regulation

Speaking of the tipped wage and tip credits, the restaurant industry has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Labor challenging to the Obama-era regulation implementing the so-called 80-20 standard for tipped work and prohibiting the tip credit. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court for Western Texas in Austin by the…

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Alaska Bans Mandatory Tip Pooling

Effectively reinstating the ban on tip pooling that had been implemented by the Obama administration a few years ago, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development implemented a new regulation that took effect last Friday banning the mandatory sharing of tips in the state of Alaska. The effort was undertaken to nullify the Trump…

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Delaware Latest to Hike Minimum Wage

We tried to advise you in last weeks issue of the many states and localities that increased their effective minimum wage with the coming of the new fiscal years on July 1, but doing so is shooting at the ultimate moving target. As a case in point, the Delaware legislature debated throughout the weekend and…

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Business Confidence Drops in Face of “Grand Bargain”

We told you last week that Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the so-called grand bargain into law in Massachusetts. The ‘bargain’ grants an increase in the minimum wage from the current $11 an hour up to $15 by 2023, a five year phase-in. In addition, it provides up to 12 weeks of paid family leave…

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DC Voters Eliminate Tipped Wage

The fight continues, but the first round goes to proponents of expanding the minimum wage in the Nation’s Capital as DC voters this week passed Initiative 77. The voter petition eliminates the tipped wage (currently $3.33) within the District of Columbia and by 2026 ramps up tipped employee wages to the District minimum. Currently the…

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Et Tu, North Dakota?

Of all places to look at increasing the state minimum wage, advocates in North Dakota have been collecting signatures to bump the minimum up to $15 per hour (currently, it is $7.25). Fortunately however, with just less than a month to collect a total of 13,452 signatures, the effort holds out little hope of success.…

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Ballot Initiative Battles

Efforts to implement more progressive policies as relates employment laws issues has shifted over the past several years to the ballot initiative process – and with a fair amount of success unfortunately. That trend appears to be continuing in a couple of recent examples. Recent polls indicate that a ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

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Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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