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MBA HR Update: Colorado State Poster Notice

Colorado recently revised its Anti-Discrimination Laws poster.  To ensure compliance with workplace posting requirements, you can take advantage of the volume discount MBA has obtained with our workplace poster vendor and order new all-in-one workplace posters.  The cost is $25.00 per poster.  If you want to order new poster(s), please contact MBA's Client Service Department no later than October 18th, 2016. 

You also have the option of going online and printing the revised poster versus ordering a new all-in-one poster.  The poster can be accessed here:

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Modern Business Associates at 888-622-6460, option #5.


Starting this year (2016), Massachusetts requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide leaves of absence with pay on Veterans Day.

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MBA HR Update: Seattle to Begin Full Enforcement of Labor Standards Amendments

The City of Seattle has approved a comprehensive set of amendments, the 2015 Wage Theft Prevention and Labor Standards Harmonization Ordinance, to Seattle's labor standards laws. The City soft launched the Ordinance and announced it would not impose civil penalties or fines related to noncompliance with some of the requirements resulting from the amendments prior to September 30, 2016. However, by September 30, 2016, the City will require employers to be in compliance. The amendments made changes to four distinct ordinances: minimum wage, wage theft, fair chance employment, and paid sick and safe time.

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Vision plan enrollment on the rise – millennials making the jump

Vision plans are becoming one of the most fashionable benefit offerings out there, and in large part because of millennials eager to participate in the plans. Recent research suggests that this benefit’s popularity is on the rise largely because employees want the opportunity to afford fashion-forward eyeglass lenses and frames. The growth of enrollment in this benefit has been steady. Eighty percent of employees who have a vision benefit option elect to enroll. Vision benefits are the only among medical, dental and others to see an increase in enrollment in 2016. Millennials are shaking things up when it comes to benefits. Twenty five percent of millennials say that they have sought a new employment opportunity to gain a better benefits package. In addition, over 20 percent say that vision benefits are the “most appealing” benefit in the package. When it comes to vision plan benefit offerings, employees are seeking premium options. A recent study found that over 85 percent of employee ...

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Mass Popularity a Disadvantage for Starbucks

One of the unexpected challenges that comes with a brand as popular as Starbucks is the loss of bran authenticity and exclusivity. The model that helps other businesses understand this trend is of course McDonald's, which, while one of the most popular and widespread restaurants on the planet, has nevertheless had its own share of negative press on subjects ranging from the wages it pays workers to the safety and quality of its product. All this bad publicity hurt McDonald's, especially in some of its larger markets. But through significant changes to its brand in direct response to these issues, McDonald's has also become an example of how to correct a "post saturation slump." But can Starbucks do the same? The two brands are significantly different: where McDonald's deals in fast food, Starbucks' business is based largely in convincing customers to make a modest luxury purchase, spending more than they would otherwise on a cup of coffee. While inventing new ways to sweeten espresso drinks helped Starbucks ...

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