CFA Elects New Leadership

We want to welcome and congratulate the new officers of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations and are happy to report that the new chairman is an active member of DDIFO, franchise owner John Motta. John takes the reins from Keith Miller, a California multi-unit Subway franchisee who has guided the CFA with great skill for…

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Competitor News

We noted a number of news items about Starbucks this week and thought we’d pass some along. First, there was the report that they have partnered with Joyride Coffee Distributors to make cold brew coffee for the company using Starbucks’ beans and packaging in in kegs. Joyride delivers non-alcoholic beverage kegs to commercial locations in…

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Condolences

We offer our heartfelt condolences to DDIFO Business Member Coordinator Joan Gould on the passing of her mother Barbara (Brady) Badge earlier this week. She will be interred in St. Anthony’s Cemetery by the Sawyer-Dwyer Home after a funeral mass at St. Anthony Church in Mattapoisett.

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DOL Roller Coaster Ride

It has been quite the lengthy roller coaster ride for 4 executive nominees within the Department of Labor (DOL), a ride that began back last summer and hasn’t ended yet. Just before they were set to vote, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) postponed votes on four DOL nominations – Patrick Pizzella,…

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Back in Play, Again

In many ways, the validity of various federal regulations could be described as a roller coaster of sorts as well, as evidenced by action last week by the Department of Labor. Recall that during the final days of the George W. Bush administration, the Wage & Hour Division issued a number of opinion letters interpreting…

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Over, But Not Gone

As we advised a few weeks ago, the NLRB reversed its egregious decision in Browning-Ferris and the definition of a joint-employer has reverted to the long accepted version of “direct and immediate control” over employees rather than the Obama-era “indirect and unexercised” control standard. Notwithstanding, proponents of retaining the 2015 definition continue to pursue avenues…

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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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More States Look At Paid Leave

One issue that we can all expect to see being seriously deliberated in state houses throughout the nation is mandating the adoption and/or expansion of paid sick leave benefits by states and cities. To that point, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to legislation that will mandate up to 12 weeks’ paid…

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Heads or Tails?

Well, that wasn’t quite the question that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates, but it might as well have been. The election for the 94th house district in the Old Dominion state ended in an absolute tie with both candidates – democrat Shelly Simonds and republican David Yancey – collecting 11,608 votes in…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to offer our congratulations to longtime Dunkin’ SVP for US Operations Scott Murphy on his promotion this week to Chief Operating Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts US. With Dunkin’ Brands since 2004, Scott will also assume responsibility for restaurant development and construction. In addition, we want to welcome Rick Colón to Dunkin’ Brands as the…

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