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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All in the Family . . . Leave

It may be slipping under the radar somewhat of late, but there has been a lot of activity relating paid sick and family leave mandates in a host of states over the past few weeks. Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation this week making it easier for state workers to donate sick time and annual…

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DC Considering Changes to Paid Leave Mandate

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced a hearing on multiple paid leave bills which provide different funding mechanisms for the family leave bill that passed in December of 2016. The public hearing is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Tuesday, October 10. 10 at 10:30 am. The current law, which was passed by the DC Council in…

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Paid Leave Mandates

When the Connecticut legislature wrapped up their business for the 2017 session, they also closed the window for this year on a paid leave mandate in the Constitution State with SB0001 failing to garner the support necessary to make it out of the senate. The bill, titled An Act Concerning Earned Family and Medical Leave,…

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