California Judge Orders Coffee Cancer Warnings

It’s the ultimate nanny-state after all, but a California judge has ordered coffee retailers throughout the state to post cancer warnings on coffee sold in the Golden State. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued the order in a lawsuit initiated in 2010 by a non-profit group that alleged the companies were violating California…

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DDIFO National Conference

We are very excited about a number of the speakers we have confirmed for the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, being held June 11 & 12 at Harrahs New Orleans Hotel & Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana! We will be announcing the complete program agenda within the next few weeks and it is a great lineup…

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Tiptoe Through the Tip Pool

It would appear that legislative proposals governing tipped wages are becoming more commonplace, and more restrictive. As we know, the Omnibus Spending Bill signed into law a week ago by the President contained a compromise provision that specifically prohibits employers from taking money from the tips left for their workers. Further, that provision also seems…

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Paid Leave Updates

The push to add paid leave options in different states is staying in the forefront each week. Just yesterday, a public hearing was held in the New Hampshire state senate on House bill 628, legislation that would create a sick leave insurance plan with an opt-out option. As drafted, the insurance would provide up to…

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CFA Day Just One Month Away

In just over one month, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will host its annual CFA Day in Washington, DC on May 9. The 2018 CFA Day is a golden opportunity to unite with franchisees from 17 different brands in various industries from across the United States to learn about pressing legislative issues and advocate…

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Competitor News

At its recent annual stockholders meeting, Starbucks announced that it had expanded its food selections and grown the category of the years, with revenue from food increasing 15 percent from 2016 to 2017 and 1.5 times since 2013. Further, they plan to double food sales, which now account for 21 percent of US sales, by…

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Joint Employer: Still Front & Center

We thought it was resolved for good back in December with the NLRB decision in the Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors case, but the Inspector General’s report on that vote and Bill Emanuel’s participation in it changed that outcome. Now comes a request from the Competitive Enterprise Institute that the same Office of the Inspector General investigate…

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Senate Dems Save Drive-by Lawsuits

Senate Democrats have formed a filibuster proof bloc of 43 Senators opposing a bill passed by the House in February that adds new provisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The group of Senators advised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a letter signed by all 43 this week that they will not allow…

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Labor Amnesty Program Starts Tuesday

The Department of Labor’s new amnesty program for companies that owe back wages becomes effective next Tuesday, April 3. The Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program allows employers to self-report wage and hour violations without legal consequences so long as they are not prior offenders and they pay affected workers the full back pay owed.…

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DDIFO National Conference

As promised, the registration pages for the 2018 DDIFO National Conference opened earlier this week for franchisee attendees as well as Business Member exhibitors. The Conference will be held earlier than usual this year – June 11 & June 12, so as not to conflict with Dunkin’s convention in September – at the Harrahs New…

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