DC Council Votes To Repeal Initiative 77

The voters approved it back in June by a margin of 56-44%, but members of the DC City Council have a different view of its cost/benefit. By a vote of 8-5, the council passed the first of 2 votes required to formally repeal the law which is slated to completely eliminate the tipped wage by…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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DC Minimum Wages

Initiative 77, a Washington DC initiative that was passed by voters in the Nation’s Capital back in June is again back before the DC City Council, where a majority of members oppose the measure. City Councilors are now seriously considering repealing the measure and the city council’s Committee on the Whole will hold a public…

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Initiative 77 Repeal Gets Attention

After the District of Columbia City council advanced an ordinance to repeal Initiative 77, which the tipped wage within the Nation’s Capital, the push-back was fast and furious. The Washington Post last week trumpeted the headline: “D.C. residents seethe as Council moves to overturn voter-approved wage hike” and the story spoke to the strange visual…

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DC Voters Eliminate Tipped Wage

The fight continues, but the first round goes to proponents of expanding the minimum wage in the Nation’s Capital as DC voters this week passed Initiative 77. The voter petition eliminates the tipped wage (currently $3.33) within the District of Columbia and by 2026 ramps up tipped employee wages to the District minimum. Currently the…

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NJ Expanded Leave Advances; Changes Tabled in DC

When you’re on a roll . . . and apparently New Jersey believes it is as last week the Senate Committee on Labor advanced an expansion to the new paid family leave bill. If passed, the measure would broaden the existing leave program by boosting the paid leave benefit to 12 weeks (from the current…

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Sinking Tip Pools

Congressional democrats have introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from retaining any tips regardless of internal pooling policies and would further mandate that all tips would be considered the property of employees. The bill has received the verbal support of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta along with other key republicans. In DC, the Board of…

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Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Regulatory Reset

Shortly after he took office, former President Barack Obama famously initiated a new policy with Russia that became known as the “Russian reset”. Although today, with the benefit of hindsight, that policy is largely thought a complete failure, it would appear the regulatory reset going on now in Washington DC is anything but! The big…

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DC Hears Universal Paid Leave Amendments

Although it passed and Mayor Muriel Bowser let it become law without her signature almost one year ago, the DC Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) was back before the body this week. The council Tuesday took testimony on 5 different proposals to amend the mandate in some shape, manner or form. Primary among the proposals…

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