Worker Recall and Retention Laws

Another worker protection idea that is being replicated around the country is different state and municipal versions of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act). We told you a few weeks ago about the Maryland mini-WARN taking effect yesterday. Well, there’s plenty of action elsewhere on similar laws. In New Jersey, the state’s…

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Paid Sick Leave Germ Spreading in California

Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the “healthy living”, but mandated sick leave is spreading to more communities in the Golden State as next month three major municipalities will foist the mandated benefit onto private employers beginning July 1.  The state of California began mandating paid sick leave one year ago – after meeting a 30…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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New Report Shows Minimum Wage Increases Kill Jobs

In a case of stating the obvious, a newly published paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research confirms the long-held belief that increases in the minimum wage for American workers hurts their earnings potential as well as the job mobility for low-skill workers.  Two University of California at San Diego economists, Michael Wither and…

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San Diego Increases Minimum But Mayor Will Veto

This past week, San Diego joined the chorus of local communities caving in to establish local minimum wages, mandating that employers within the city pay workers a minimum of $11.50/hour by January 2017.  San Diego’s first term Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, has indicated that he will veto the ordinance, after which, the democratically controlled council…

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