Some Tips on Pools

Tip pooling has encountered its share of problems and challenges around the country over the past few years, but the Granite State seems to have all sides of its house in order on the subject. Voluntary tip pooling is permitted amongst directly tipped employees in New Hampshire, but not with the back side of the…

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At Least They’re Turning!

There’s that old saying that the wheels of government turn slowly, and they may even be stopped altogether in many instances, but, the reality is that the federal government is moving favorably for small business on a number of issues. The Department of Labor is moving forward on several fronts that you will want to…

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SCOTUS To Decide Tip Pooling Issue

It has been a point of contention – and a source of great income for some in the plaintiff’s bar – for the past several years, but the validity and breadth of tip pooling in the restaurant industry will finally be decided when the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) hears the question this fall. In yet another…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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Massachusetts Hears Tip Pooling & Fair Scheduling Bills

The Massachusetts legislature next week will host a public hearing at which DDIFO will testify strongly in support on one bill and just as strongly in opposition to another.  The joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will host the hearing beginning at 11:30 AM, at which it will take testimony on H.1704, an Act…

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Massachusetts “No-Tipping” Policy Legal

We were delighted with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a week ago affirming that franchise owners have to right to decide whether to allow tipping in their stores.  Meshna v Scrivanos was decided in favor of the franchise owner after the case was taken from the appellate court docket for direct review…

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Scrivanos Wins at Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court!

DDIFO amicus brief was right on the money! Back in January, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state, took up on direct appellate review the no tipping issues presented in the case of Meshna v Scrivanos. DDIFO acted quickly and in concert with the attorney for DD franchisee and plaintiff,…

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Tips Still a Problem in Massachusetts

Despite getting our clarifying tip-pooling language passed in the House again this year (and defeated by one vote in the Senate for the second time in a row), the provision did not survive an economic development conference committee’s final report, thereby killing the effort for the current legislative session.  Ambiguities in Massachusetts’ law, specifically the…

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Ohio Tries To Ban Tip Pooling

In yet another glaring example of a solution desperately in search of a problem, a bill pending in the Ohio state legislature seeks to ban tip pooling in Ohio restaurants.  The Tip Fairness Act (HB 534), which was introduced earlier this session by Representative Nickie Antonio, would ban tip pools completely across the state.  As…

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DDIFO Magazine - Independent Joe #22 - National Conference Coverage

Independent Joe: October 2013

When Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno walked to the podium at Caesar’s Atlantic City last month, she knew she was facing a friendly room. She has an appreciation for Dunkin’ franchisees—as small business owners who create jobs and pay taxes. And, in a state that is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, she views them as beacons in the storm. She said thank you because, in her words, “Dunkin’ Donuts saved lives after Sandy.”

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