New York City Follows

Our friends at the law firm of Morgan, Brown & Joy advise us that effective this past Tuesday, October 31, 2017, New York City joined the ranks of the salary inquiry cities by amending the New York City Human Rights Law to make it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for employers to inquire about the salary…

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Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Updates Coming

As we get further into the fall months, there tends to be fewer public hearings on new legislative proposals as lawmakers look to get back to their districts and wind down their formal work. That lull, such as it is, gives us valuable time to capture and summarize the broad array of state legislative changes…

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Starbucks Tea Party

If they were shooting for the Boston Tea Party anniversary, they missed! Patriots in revolutionary New England dumped 342 chests of tea overboard from 3 British ships to protest the Tea Act on December 16, 1773. Starbucks announced it was closing all 379 of its Teavana stores across the country back in July of this…

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Business Rankings

Periodically, different organizations will release the results of their (usually annual) rankings of business-friendliness and those reports are generally of some interest for a number of reasons – not the least of which is to see how states rise and fall depending on who’s conducting the survey. Well, we’ve got a couple of more to…

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Thank You Attendees!

We want to just take a moment to thank all of the franchisees and their guests who attended the 2017 DDIFO National Conference earlier this week at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut. We also very much appreciate the record number of Business Members who sponsored and exhibited their goods and services at the highly…

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First Things First

I would be remiss if I didn’t lead off this week with the admonition that you don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t registered or don’t plan to attend the DDIFO National Conference this week! Why not join your peers for an outstanding schedule of speakers including Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs; Rob…

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Secretary Announces Apprenticeship Task Force

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has announced the members of the new Apprenticeship Task Force and franchisees should be proud of their participation in Coalition of Franchisee Associations among others. The CFA was instrumental in guiding task force appointments that would best represent the interests of small business man and woman.  With CFA input, we…

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House Passes Budget

This week, while the Coalition of Franchisee Associations met in Washington DC (although I’m sure it was just coincidental), the US House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Senate budget, paving the way for the introduction of significant tax reform legislation as a topic of discussion.  The budget legislation is a far cry…

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House Advances E-Verify

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 3711, late Wednesday night by a vote of 20-10. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) would make E-Verify mandatory nationwide over a 24-month period. As we all know, E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9 and Employment…

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It Failed There, Maybe We should Try It!

Hard to fathom how elected officials can see an idea fail in one community only to think the failure was so good that they should give it a try in their own community, but that appears to be what happens more than not. The City of Philadelphia adopted a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on…

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