Maine Court Blesses Hazard Pay

The Supreme Judicial Court in the state of Maine has unanimously approved a voter-initiated law that requires employers in Portland, the state’s largest city, to pay employees hazard wages equal to time and a half for any work performed during a declared state of emergency within the city. Disputes arose immediately after 62% of Portland…

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Different Directions on Minimum Wages

As we anticipate another run by progressives in Congress at a federal $15 minimum wage, it’s reported that a group of moderate Senators – led by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) are working on bipartisan legislation that would increase the federal minimum over the next four years from the current $7.25 to $10…

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Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers

If as the old sayings go, Orange is the new Black, and 50 is the new 40, then hazard pay for ‘frontline workers’ is the new paid sick leave. Currently the benefit – between $4 and $5 more an hour – is mostly limited to grocery workers, but some have already talked about the need…

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Election Results They Did Call

While the results of the presidential will not be known, let alone certified for quite some time, such delays are not the case in a host of ballot question issues from around the country. Perhaps having the greatest immediate impact on businesses, Amendment 2 was passed by Florida voters with a 61% plurality (the constitutional…

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Minimum Wages Amid Coronavirus

One could rightly conclude that the middle of a severe economic downturn resulting from a widespread global pandemic would not be a good time to consider increasing a state or local community’s minimum wage. But that wisdom apparently doesn’t hold with some in Portland Maine. Aside from the presidential decision on November 3, voters in…

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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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Portland & Augusta Both Looking At Paid Leave

One question might be where will it be enacted first, as the Portland City Council and the Maine state legislature are both considering adoption of paid sick leave mandates for private businesses.  The statewide legislation, LD369 filed by Senator Rebecca Millett, is similar to legislation she has filed in the past. It would apply to…

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Pushing Paid Sick Leave

In the other Portland – that would be Portland, Maine – city councilors are considering adopting an ordinance that would mandate paid sick leave benefits for workers at the expense of all employers. Under the current draft of the law, all employees – full-time, part-time and seasonal – would have the right to earn up…

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