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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What’s Brewing: Paid Time Off, Mandates, Protection for Franchisees

Last August, Independent Joe interviewed Yuwen Chen, owner of three Dunkin’ Donuts shops in New York’s Hudson Valley, about paid sick leave legislation that was being considered in New York City and how its passage could affect his businesses 80 miles away. “The costs can really hurt the business owner,” he said, “because not only…

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Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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What’s Brewing: Bans, Minimum Wage Walkout, Fair Franchising

As if the daily tasks of running your Dunkin’ Donuts aren’t enough to keep you busier than busy, ever-changing laws and regulations can add more stress to your days. From attempted bans on soda products and successful bans on foam cups to calls for increased minimum wage and fees on worker immigration programs, it pays…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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Time to renovate or remodel your Dunkin Donuts shop?

Time to renovate or remodel your shop?

Depending on where you are in your renovation/remodel cycle, now might be the time to remodel. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced a bill to make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold improvements and retail improvements. The bill would allow restaurateurs, landlords and other…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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