Early Bird Pricing Expiring

Since we first announced the dates and location for the 2017 DDIFO National Conference a few months back, we’ve been offering a pricing discount for franchisee registrations. That early bird pricing discount is set to expire next Friday, September 8, so we encourage those who have yet to register for the annual conference and Hall…

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Miscellaneous

Two different court actions are notable this week as shopping center giant Simon Property Group filed a lawsuit against Starbucks over the company’s decision to close all 379 of its Teavana stores. According to the court action, 78 of those stores are in Simon malls and would constitute breach of their leases if the company…

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Campaign 2020

It may seem like a bit premature, but believe it or not, some politicians who plan to run for president in the 2020 election have already begun campaigning. President Trump was only inaugurated less than 8 months ago, but there are already those who think they can do a better job. Los Angeles Mayor Eric…

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Wait & See on EEOC Wellness Regulations

They weren’t completely struck down by the court – but in some ways they might as well have been. In a decision this week by the District Court for the District of Columbia, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was ordered to reconsider its current voluntary wellness program regulations which allow employers to offer incentive of…

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Soda Tax Limbo

Speaking of being in limbo, retailers in Cook County, Illinois are between the proverbial rock and the hard place as relates the county imposed tax on sugary drinks. As we advised last week, the FDA has said that collecting the tax and then giving it back as a refund violates the federal food stamp program…

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Right to Work Law Suspended in Missouri

It is one of 28 states that have adopted right to work laws, but the Missouri right to work statute is now in suspension until voters have their say on the issue in November. The law, which prohibits the payment of union dues as a condition of employment, was set to take effect in the…

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Florida Governor Hopes To Make Tax Hikes Harder

It is a completely different type of ballot initiative campaign that Florida Governor Rick Scott is undertaking. Scott recently announced plans to push for an amendment to the state constitution that would require a supermajority in order for state taxes to be increased. Scott, who is term-limited out of office this year and expected to…

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“Man Bites Dog!”

There are two new developments on minimum wage this week that are rare enough to come under the Man Bites Dog headline. First, a lawsuit challenging the current effort to put the Flagstaff $15 minimum wage on the ballot was dismissed by an Arizona court last week, seemingly clearing the way for the repeal effort…

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Little State, Big Change

The nation’s second smallest state last week joined some of the country’s largest by significantly increasing the requirements on businesses in the case of a cybersecurity breach. Delaware Governor John Carney signed House bill 180 into law last week extending cybersecurity protections. The new law, which takes effect next April, requires businesses that have experienced…

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Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

DDIFO is thrilled to announce Carl Andrade, Jim Cain & Joe White as the 2017 Class of DDIFO Franchise Owners Hall of Fame Inductees. They will be inducted at the Hall of Fame luncheon at the DDIFO National Conference on Tuesday, October 31 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In that the…

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