Dunkin’ Doings

We noted that Dunkin’ Brands added a new face to its Board of Directors this week with the announcement that GE Chief Marketing Officer Linda Boff has joined the Board. Being the CMO at General Electric, Boff is expected to bring much value to fine tuning Dunkin’s marketing efforts. She is the vice chairwoman of…

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Random Thought

As we celebrate Memorial Day over this long weekend, it is important for all of us to remember the reason for the holiday – and, it is not just to create a reason for a Bar-B-Q, or to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Rather, it is to recognize, remember and to thank those who…

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Trump Budget Provides Fodder, Insights

With the unveiling of President Trump’s proposed budget blueprint for 2018 this week, we can more clearly see what his plans entail for a number of departments and issues across the nation – and, it provides more than enough fodder for media pundits to speculate on some possible outcomes. And, although several in Congress have…

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DOL Prepares Rescission of Persuader Rule

It never even went into effect because implementation was permanently enjoined by the federal court in Texas, but the Obama administration’s so-called persuader rule is well on the way to being completely and formally erased by the Department of Labor. Recall that the persuader rule imposed strict reporting measures on employers when they were dealing…

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OSHA Delays Injury Reporting Rule

Elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is officially delaying new reporting requirements implemented by the Obama administration that dramatically increased the obligations of businesses to report illnesses and injuries in the workplace. The electronic reporting requirements were originally to be effective last August, then postponed to November, then January,…

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Swipe Fee Cap Safe in House, For Now

When talking about legislation at the federal, state or local level, victories can be fleeting and the old adage about not counting your chickens until they hatch comes into play. Such is the case currently with the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 in the US House of Representatives. On Wednesday evening, House Republican leadership agreed to…

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Paid Leave in Federal Budget, Limbo in Maryland

As we advised you last week in this space, the President included paid parental leave in his 2018 budget blueprint, recommending a process that is mandatory but not uniform, in that the final details will be left to the individual states. Trump’s budget mandates six weeks of paid parental leave (for both, mothers and fathers)…

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Minimum Wage Volatility Continues

The question of raising minimum wages at the federal, state and local levels continues to yield a broad array of answers across the country – and the debates show no signs of abating. SEIU funded Fight for $15 and other advocate groups, such as Arise Chicago, protested at various locations around the Chicago area this…

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Soda Tax Rejected in Santa Fe

Well, it may be all the rage in Philadelphia with its proponents pointing gleefully to increased revenues from the new tax, but voters in the southwest are not as enamored with the idea. A two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks was soundly defeated by a record number of voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We noted that Dunkin’ Brands added a new face to its Board of Directors this week with the announcement that GE Chief Marketing Officer Linda Boff has joined the Board. Being the CMO at General Electric, Boff is expected to bring much value to fine tuning Dunkin’s marketing efforts. She is the vice chairwoman of…

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