At Least They’re Turning!

There’s that old saying that the wheels of government turn slowly, and they may even be stopped altogether in many instances, but, the reality is that the federal government is moving favorably for small business on a number of issues. The Department of Labor is moving forward on several fronts that you will want to…

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Senators Getting (Parts Of Their) Act Together

When it comes to “Repeal-and-Replace Obama Care”, the US Senate doesn’t seem to quite know what to do, but on a couple of other issues, the clarity of their intention is unquestionable. Such is the case with the future direction of the National Labor Relations Board and its Joint Employer ruling from the Obama era.…

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Across the Aisle, Wage Is Focus

The Republicans (with some Democrats joining) may be focused on issues important to business growth, but the democratic minority in Congress is still intent on increasing the federal minimum wage mandate. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate this week held a press conference announcing a new marketing campaign plan they have named “A…

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When Is Reasonable Reasonable?

As we’ve cautioned in the past, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law to which small business owners must pay particularly close attention. We’ve advised in prior issues of so-called “drive-by lawsuits”, where individuals use the ADA as a club by which to extort settlements from business owners. But, the law has real…

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Soda Tax Hearing Today, Philly Revenue Falls

The appeal of the soda tax as a revenue cure-all may be fizzing out a bit based on the money the new tax levy is bringing in in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia officials this week acknowledged that actual revenue from the 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks came in at $6.9…

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NJ Governor Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

He may be polling at an abysmal 15% favorable, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to be liked by more small business owners after he vetoed a dramatic expansion of the New Jersey paid leave mandate this week. New Jersey law currently provides for 6 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of salary…

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Pregnancy Protections

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed the Pregnant Workers Protection Act (H3680) into law requiring employers in the Commonwealth to make reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the new law, which hadn’t been able to gain much traction in several past sessions, it is illegal for employers in the state to choose not hire…

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DDIFO Do’s & Deadlines

Nominations for induction into the DDIFO Hall of Fame must be submitted by the close of business on Monday, July 31. The 2017 DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Luncheon will be held on October 31 in conjunction with the DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut – and all…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands reported on their Q2 earnings yesterday, beating estimates by $.02 EPS but missing on revenue. The stock moved up slightly $XX. DD US same store sales were up .8%, ticket higher/traffic lower. It was also noted that US new store open projections were decreased about 10% for 2017, but also that 2016 new…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced yesterday that it will close all 379 of its Teavana stores over the course of the next year, with many of the underperforming units closing as early as next spring. Additionally, the company has announced that it will purchase the remaining 50 percent stake in its East China joint venture for $1.3 billion…

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