What’s Brewing: Wage Hikes, Sodium Police, Sick Leave,

It’s been one long, hot summer for Dunkin’ franchise owners and others in the quick service business, and we are not just talking about the temperature. A tight labor market has combined with a wave of minimum wage hikes across the country to ramp up the pressure on franchisees across the country. And in a…

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What’s Brewing: Overtime rules, Wage Hikes, Salt

It would be an understatement to say these are challenging times for the restaurant business, and, in particular, for the quick service sector. In fact, Dunkin’ franchise owners find themselves in the midst of a veritable superstorm of new government-mandated overtime rules, minimum wage hikes, family-leave requirements and now “voluntary” sodium disclosures as well. Possibly…

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What’s Brewing: Payroll challenges, Menus, Labor Costs

Warning: A tidal wave of minimum wage laws and food labeling red tape may soon be headed your way. Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners are facing what is shaping up to be a challenging and unpredictable 2016. A no-holds-barred presidential race has pumped new energy into an array of activist causes, from the…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie labeling, Minimum wage, Scheduling

It may seem hard these days for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners to catch a break, with everyone from the federal government down to the local city council taking aim at the quick service restaurant industry. But Dunkin’ and other franchise owners got a big reprieve recently when the Food and Drug Administration gave the boot…

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A Counterpunch to the NLRB Ruling: Zarco Delivers for Franchisees

Franchise owners at DDIFO’s national convention in Las Vegas had surely heard all the talk about the end of franchising as we know it. The National Labor Relations Board’s controversial joint-employer decision has triggered a backlash in the franchising world, with the labor board ruling that a big recycling company is responsible for the employees…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Calorie Labeling

Pushing Pennsylvania Fair Franchising Last month DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan and Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Chairman Keith Miller were in Harrisburg to testify before a Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on House Bill #1620, better known as Fair Franchising. “HB 1620 will require that when terminating a franchising agreement – firing the…

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What’s Brewing: Bill of Rights, Paid Sick Leave, Fair Franchising

The challenges just keep on coming on for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners. First there was the wave of minimum-wage hikes across the country, which have raised the cost of doing business in several major cities. Now franchise owners are facing growing demands to provide paid sick leave and give their employees as…

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Maine Governor Pushes Pro-Business Agenda

For most of this year, Maine’s pro-business governor has been trading legislative barbs with activists pushing an array of new mandates that would do everything from boost workers’ pay to determine how shifts get scheduled. Gov. Paul LePage is championing a state ban that would stop cities and towns from passing their own minimum wage…

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