New Impetus for $15/hour Minimum Wage

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating in the Democratic Presidential debate in Nevada this week, his position on issues the democrats have been debating may provide more impetus for their consideration. As a case in point, let’s look at the question of increasing the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15/hour. Although…

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Trump Budget Calls for Paid Family Leave

Following up on the call for it in his State of the Union address earlier this month, President Trump again pushed for paid family leave for all Americans with submission of his FY21 budget proposal to Congress. Trump has called for paid family leave in each of the past three years and has had senior…

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DC Disclosure Deadlines

Deadlines have arrived for two new mandates that business owners within Washington DC must be aware of. First off, the Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) released a mandatory Paid Family Leave Employee Notice (PFL Notice) last week. The notice, required by the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) that was enacted in 2016,…

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New York PFL 2020 Contribution Rate Still Not Set

The 2020 contribution rate for the New York Paid Family Leave (NYPFL) program was scheduled to be set by September 1 (Sunday), but had yet to be announced at press time. The contribution rate, which was 0.153% of an employee’s wages for 2019, is the percentage of an employee’s wages that must be paid into…

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California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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Governor Vetoes Paid Leave

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu last week vetoed new legislation mandating paid leave in the Granite State. SB 1, which cleared the legislature just a day before the Governor vetoed it, would have dictated that businesses provide paid family leave insurance to all employees (similar to programs in New York and Rhode Island) and would…

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Colorado Senate Kills Paid Family Leave Bill

Senators in Colorado succeeded in blocking adoption of a paid leave mandate in the Rocky Mountain state earlier this month as the Senate Finance Committee killed the Paid Family Leave Act for the year. Initially, the committee just tabled the measure to give sponsors enough time to draft amendments to make the proposal more palatable…

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New Jersey Doubles Paid Family Leave

Just weeks after signing legislation bumping up the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, Governor Phil Murphy doubled the state mandated Paid Family Leave earlier this week. On Tuesday, Murphy signed an expansion of the paid family leave law increasing the amount of time an employee may take off under the law…

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‘Grand Bargain II’, The Regulations

Although many in the business community saw the “Grand Bargain” (the name given to a legislative/gubernatorial deal to raise wages and mandate paid leave in Massachusetts) as troublesome, but palatable, it appears that the regulations to implement the law could be ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’! At the first of seven planned public…

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Paid Family Leave at the Forefront

New York’s Junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential test pool this week with her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee. More importantly to small business interests, in her late night TV show announcement, she highlighted paid family leave among a host of…

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