Small businesses applaud proposed health-care reform bill

Boston Herald – The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce threw its support today behind a new health-care payment reform bill filed by the Legislature’s conference committee, saying it was a step forward for health-care affordability and transparency. “It sets a goal for health-care costs that builds on the progress we’ve made over the last 18…

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Massachusetts Senate Rejects Tip Pooling Amendment

Last week the Massachusetts Senate a jobs bills that aims to promote economic development.  In total, Senators filed 126 amendments to modify Senate Bill 2350. One such amendment offered by Senator Rodrigues and Senator Tarr would bring clarity to the Massachusetts tip pooling law. Amendment #76 that we offered would replace Massachusetts’ vague tip pooling…

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Robert Branca on the Jeff Katz Radio Show Discussing the Tip-Pooling Amendment in MA

This is a must listen! Robert Branca, a Dunkin’ Donut franchisee in Mass, NY, Ohio and Fla, spoke to Jeff Katz a radio talk show host in the Boston area on AM 1200 this morning (7/19/2012) at 8:30 am. They may have gotten his title wrong but he did a great job in explaining how all the good intentions legislators have and many times it is warranted, can lead to momumental problems for small business owners and in the case of the tip-pooling law in Mass. negatively impact lower wage workers and customers.

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Fantastic Sams Franchisee Association Prohibited from Using Collective Arbitration

Fantastic Sams is the franchisor of a chain of hair salons. Fantastic Sams licenses rights to its name to regional owners who, in turn, license salon owners to operate the actual salons. In this case, Fantastic Sams brought action against a nonprofit association of regional franchise owners, seeking to stay collective arbitration for declaratory relief against franchisor’s alleged breaches of contract and violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The regional franchise owners’ association formed in order to promote the interests of Fantastic Sams Regional Owners, and its membership consists solely of those regional owners.

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DDIFO Along With the CFA are Listed Supporters of the Small Business Tax Cut Act

Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) along with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and other franchisee associations have all signed on to support The Small Business Tax Cut Act which was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The tax cut bill, if passed, would decrease small business owners’ taxable income and increase bottom lines. Specifically, The Small Business Tax Cut Act would allow franchise owners to deduct 20 percent of their income from taxes, up to 50 percent of their W-2 wages.

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