But, There Are the “Bitter-Clingers”

Not to their guns & religion, rather to the anti-business direction that was so aggressively advocated during the eight year Obama administration. Leading the pact are still the rulings of the NLRB, about which the US Chamber produced a report, entitled Restoring Common Sense to Labor Law, which identifies the 10 most egregious rulings from…

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Obama Bookend Awards

Those of us who follow politics more closely may remember that within just 10 months of assuming office as the US President, Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for uh . . . um . . . well, anyway he got it. Now, within 6 weeks of his successor assuming the Presidency,…

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Hearing Set For Labor Nominee Acosta

The initial confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as President Trump’s Labor Secretary has been scheduled. The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) has scheduled the first of its Acosta confirmation hearings for 1:30 next Wednesday in the Dirksen Senate Office building. President Trump’s initial nominee, CKE Restaurant CEO Andy…

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Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Sick Leave Moving in Maryland

The paid sick leave mandate filed in North Carolina may have little chance of becoming law this session, but the outlook is completely different for the mandated benefit in the Maryland Assembly of Delegates. That democratically-controlled legislature has already moved the bill through the Assembly and on to the Senate for its deliberation. Maryland Governor…

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NYC Council Hears “Fair Workweek” Legislation

Last week, the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor held a public hearing on a package of bills geared toward restricting the flexibility that employers have in dealing with their own employees. The council is entertaining a “Fair Workweek” package of 6 bills, which include a ban on “clopenings” (an employee…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

DDIFO is looking forward to hosting its annual Northeast Regional Member Meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 12 Noon to 3:30 PM at the Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The program, “A New Direction: The Outlook on Trump, the Market & Dunkin’ Brands”, will feature small business expert, author, columnist and…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Over the past week or two, there have been a number of Dunkin’ Donuts noteworthy announcements. First, on the environmental-friendly side of the ledger, Dunkin Brands announced that it will eliminate artificial food dyes and coloring from most Dunkin’ and Baskin products in US markets by the end of 2018. The company admitted that it…

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Miscellaneous

At the UBS Global Consumer & Retail Conference yesterday, the Starbucks CFO noted it would continue with its diverse coffeehouse and CPG strategy, planning for 5% comps growth from more food attachment, tea and new product innovation. He also mentioned that they did not see any effect from QSR, C stores and possibly Dunkin’ at all when…

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Reversing Obama

The 2016 election promised to undo many actions the Obama administration took on a host of issues – most notably, the Affordable Care Act. But, there are many regulatory actions that the Trump administration has teed up for a mulligan, if you will, that are causing angst in the organized labor camp and measured joy…

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