No Deal in Vermont As Legislature Adjourns

Despite movement toward agreement on increasing the state minimum wage and adopting a statewide paid sick leave law, negotiation broke down with a fanfare as the House abruptly adjourned last week until January 7 of 2020. It had been reported that House and Senate leadership had broken a stalemate and reached agreement on increasing the…

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Franchisee Feedback Driving Next Gen Development

Ari Souliotis bought his first two Dunkin’ restaurants in Vermont during the worst economic downturn in decades. With the Great Recession in full swing and coffee prices skyrocketing, it was tough going. But Souliotis, who had previously launched and built the successful Pizza Chef network in Vermont and New Hampshire, never considered throwing in the…

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Pushing Paid Leave

Not stopping at increases to state minimum wages, a number of states appear poised to push for passing mandatory paid sick leave. Again in Virginia, paid family leave bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House of Delegates, despite both branches having slim republican majorities. As filed, both proposals would create a…

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Vermont Enacts Sexual Harassment Law

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, the state of Vermont has become one of the first states in the country to simplify the process for workers to remain with their employer or return to the company after settling a sexual harassment claim. Independent Governor Philip Scott signed the bill into law at the beginning…

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Paid Leave Updates

The push to add paid leave options in different states is staying in the forefront each week. Just yesterday, a public hearing was held in the New Hampshire state senate on House bill 628, legislation that would create a sick leave insurance plan with an opt-out option. As drafted, the insurance would provide up to…

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States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

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Minimum Wage Volatility

At the state level, states have been actively considering changes in state-mandated minimum wages over the past several weeks with mixed results. Over the course of the past two weeks or so, an Arizona state senate committee advanced legislation amending a voter-approved initiative ($12 minimum wage) by reducing that minimum to $10 if the amendment…

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Thriving in the Green Mountain State

Most everyone within the Dunkin’ Donuts system knows that Vermont is among the most challenging markets. The Green Mountain state has the second smallest population in the U.S. and is far-removed from major urban centers along the East Coast. In 2015, Forbes Magazine ranked Vermont as the 42nd best state in which to do business.…

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Paid Leave Debates Ongoing

It’s possible to next become law in Maryland as Governor Larry Hogan seems to be considering signing a paid sick leave mandate into law. That fact is worth noting given that Hogan had previously announced the proposal “dead on arrival”. The Governor had previously proposed his own paid sick leave bill that applied to 50…

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Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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