Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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FDA Issues Menu Labeling Guidance

Menu labeling, initially passed into law as part of ObamaCare back in January of 2010, has yet to be implemented, but the latest iteration was released last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This latest final version is slated to become effective on May 7, 2018 and its purpose is largely to provide…

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Sexual Harassment Torrent Continues

The tsunami of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior continued this week with its tentacles again reaching into political and journalistic environs with abandon. Garnering the bulk of the coverage are allegations against Alabama republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore. The chief beneficiary of the Judge’s troubles is democratic candidate Doug Jones, a former…

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Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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Ohio Tax Amnesty Announced

Speaking of Ohio and taxes, the state Department of Taxation announced a tax amnesty program that was approved by the legislature as part of the FY18 budget debate and signed by Governor John Kasich earlier this fall. The amnesty program will be available to individuals and businesses with unreported and/or under-reported income beginning on January…

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Minneapolis Minimum Wage Challenged

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has formally challenged the Minneapolis $15 minimum wage ordinance in Hennepin County District Court. The business group contends the ordinance, which increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective January 1, is illegal in that it violates state law, which reserves the power to establish minimum wages to the…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Salary History Ban Veto Upheld

Not unlike the trend we see relative to paid medical and sick leave across the country, the push for banning questions about a prospective employee’s salary history continues to ripple in different states and cities. Illinois legislators presented just such a ban to Governor Bruce Rauner back in August of this year, which the Governor…

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Miscellaneous

Dunkin held a CFO call yesterday, during which there was no discussion of the $100 M “fund”. Apparently that will be left for February 2018 meeting, but they did reveal that DD US fees and royalty income to date was tracking a bit higher than last year and that out year accounting standards will cause…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Next week, as we enjoy time with our families to recognize and acknowledge the many gifts and blessings for which we are so thankful, we will not publish Small Regular No Sugar! The next issue will be published December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving to all our subscribers and their families!!

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