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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What’s Brewing: SEIU, Joint Employer, Healthcare, Fair Franchising

There’s trouble brewing out there for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners as we head deeper into 2015. Labor unions are leading the pack of politicians, activists and regulators taking aim at your businesses. Beyond the expensive new rules and mandates that raise your costs of doing business, unions are aggressively looking for opportunities…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Menu Madness

Brace yourself: An avalanche of minimum wage hikes, mandated sick leave laws and new menu labeling requirements is headed your way with the arrival of winter. Republicans may have taken control of Congress during the watershed November elections, but activists scored their victories in states and cities across the country, as well—especially in the area…

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Chicago’s big boost

Chicago has become the largest city to date to jack up the minimum wage, a move that comes even as efforts to raise the rate across Illinois have bogged down. Workers in the Windy City will earn at least $13 an hour starting in 2019 after Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval for the boost on…

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Increased Cost of Doing Business

Serving coffee and donuts to the U.S. military is soon going to become a lot more expensive for Dunkin’ franchise owners thanks to a looming wage hike ordered up by the federal government. Operators of quick service restaurants located on military bases, including Dunkin’ Donuts, face a jump in the minimum wage to $10.10 an…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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