Community Corner: Duke Carvalho

Duke Carvalho remembers her eyes. She was a four or five year-old who had come into his Dunkin’ Donuts shop in the early 1980s. It was a weekend and Duke was handling the day baking as well as working the counter. The girl’s mom bought her a snack and Carvalho gave her extra Munchkins to…

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Accommodating Pregnant Workers To Next Level

Speaking of the need for caution and “reasonable accommodation’, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed the so-called Pregnant Workers Fairness Act this week. The bill (H.3680) offers pregnant women reasonable accommodation such as, more frequent or longer paid or unpaid breaks, time off to recover from childbirth with or without pay, acquisition or modification…

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No Break from Massachusetts Taxes

Pregnant or not, they’ll be no reasonable accommodation that costs Massachusetts its tax dollar! The state’s House of Representatives rejected the idea of a permanent weekend tax holiday when they passed and sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Senate. Representatives rejected a proposal to forego the sales tax every year on the third…

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Soda Taxes Spilling To Other States

Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting…

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Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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Franchisee Completes Circle by Returning to Root

Dennis Gramm knows Dunkin’. While the franchisee operates four stores in northwest suburban Chicago (with two more stores under construction), he also has a unique perspective amongst his peers, having spent 11 years on the corporate side of Dunkin’ Brands before becoming a franchise owner in 2007. “In the eyes of some of the legacy…

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Minimum Wages Staying in the Forefront

It seems that the debate over increases to minimum wages around the country has been in the news now for longer than one can imagine, and that may very well be the case! The question of the minimum wage was first raised most recently by President Obama in his 2013 state of the union address…

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Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Pay Equity Issues

After having saddled Philadelphia retailers with that onerous sugary drink tax last year, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance into law this week that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  The law, which also has been adopted by a host of other cities and a handful of states, is known as…

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Experience + Smarts = Successful Expansion

He came in with donuts and came out with tires and mufflers. Not literally, but let’s not quibble over the details. The figurative donuts-for-tires trade happened when Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Eric Eskander struck up a conversation with a Meineke owner at the DDIFO National Conference two years ago. Eskander wasn’t looking to diversify his portfolio,…

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