Sky’s the Limit!

Or at least it seems that way to many elected officials with regard to minimum wage levels. To underscore, let’s look at an example from both the east and west coasts.  ‘Raise Up New York’, a newly formed coalition of labor and advocates in the Empire State, is working on resurrecting legislation filed by state…

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Washington Cares Suit Dismissed

A federal court in the state of Washington has dismissed a class action lawsuit challenging a long-term care benefit program known as Washington Cares Fund. The program called for an employee payroll tax of .58% of total pay per payroll beginning this past January 1, but it also gave employees the option to opt-out of…

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Maryland became the 10th state in the nation (in addition to the District of Columbia) to enact a paid family and medical leave law when the democratic-led General Assembly overrode a veto of the bill by Governor Larry Hogan earlier this month. The Time to Care Act, as it is called, establishes an insurance program…

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Mask Mandates Dropping Fast

Right in time for President Biden’s State of the Union (SOTU) address this week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a new guidance recommending that face masks need be worn only by individuals in high-risk areas on the country or by those who may have a high risk of serious infection. The latest CDC…

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Long-Term Care Mandate Challenged

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Washington over its new mandatory long-term care program, set to become fully effective in January, 2025. The WA Cares Fund, as it is known, mandates an employee payroll tax of .58% of total pay per payroll beginning on January 1, but employees could only…

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Long-Term Care Insurance Mandate

You might not have heard much about it yet, but beginning at the first of the year, the state of Washington is mandating that all employees in the state be enrolled in a long-term care insurance program.  Washington became the first state in the nation to mandate long-term care insurance when Governor Jay Inslee signed…

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Making a List and Checking It Twice

That lyric from a timeless Christmas classic shouldn’t only apply to Santa at this time of year, but also to every small businessman and woman across the country. Your list however, should be of what legal and regulatory changes will be taking effect on January 1, rather than who’s been naughty or nice! In that…

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Washington Adopts $83,000+ Overtime Threshold

Taking the minimum wage for overtime exemption to a completely new level, the state of Washington adopted an overtime exemption threshold of over $83,000. With the endorsement of Governor Jay Inslee, the state Department of Labor and Industries finalized rules phasing in the new threshold by 2028. Washington State is one of a handful of…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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Washington State Proposing OT Threshold

Business owners may have dodged the bullet of a doubling of the overtime threshold at the federal level, but the issue is still rearing its ugly head at state agencies around the country. Perhaps the most recent – and egregious – example comes to us from the Pacific Northwest. The Department of Labor & Industries…

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