Harvey & Irma Troubles Continue

Last week’s Hurricane Harvey left unimaginable damage and destruction in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Following closely on its heels, the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma in the southeast United States has us all praying for those who have and will be devastated by the fury of Mother Nature. In no way to minimize the…

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Early Bird Pricing Expiring

Today, September 8 is the deadline for registering for the 2017 DDIFO National Conference at discounted early bird pricing rates for franchisee registrations. We encourage those who have yet to register for the annual conference and Hall of Fame induction luncheon to do so right now to enjoy the savings! The Conference will open with…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ was getting its fair share of ink this week with a couple of noteworthy press releases. First off, Dunkin’ Brands returned from the holiday announcing the appointment of Tony Weisman as the new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the Brand.  He is a marketing veteran and former North American CEO of DigitasLBi, a global…

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Competitor News

Dunkin’ wasn’t alone in making a new hire right after the Labor Day holiday as Starbucks announced on Wednesday that Board member and former Sam’s Club executive Rosalind Brewer had been appointed to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Brewer will assume the post on October 2. McDonald’s this week announced a deal…

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NASCAR Runs on Dunkin’ Too?

Well, it may not actually yet, but there’s potential. Ending this week on a lighter note, we enjoyed the story of Subway severing all ties with NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez and Joe Gibbs racing after the rookie played along with a promotional schtick for NASCAR on NBC. During the segment, called “Donuts with Daniel”, the…

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Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

A federal court in Texas yesterday struck down the Obama-era overtime rule adopted by the Department of Labor. The rule, which more than doubled the overtime threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 was originally slated to take effect last December, but was enjoined by the court just a few days earlier. In yesterday’s decision, the court…

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OMB Halts EEOC Pay Data Collection

The courts aren’t the only ones reversing Obama-era mandates, as just this week the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ordered EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to cease the pay data collection initiated under the prior administration. Last fall, the Obama administration amended the EEO-1 Form required of private employers with more than…

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New York City Agrees to Menu-Labeling Delay

In the wake of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) filing court papers a few weeks ago intervening in a current court case challenging the New York City menu-labeling mandate, the Big Apple has agreed to delay implementation. Under the terms of a stipulation filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of…

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Maine Unions Accept Right To Work

Members of two of Maine’s larger public employee unions have voted to ratify contracts effectively implementing right to work provisions in the state for the first time. The Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) accepted two year contracts that specifically eliminates the current requirement that…

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Minimum Wages Targeted/Vetoed/Filed

No matter which state one is talking about, the question of minimum wages is either at the political forefront or soon to be. As a case in point, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Fight for $15 (but I repeat myself) will announce on Labor Day, a campaign to target elected officials who…

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