McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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Independent Joe: February 2014

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012.

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A Franchisee’s Challenge: Selling more coffee in an emerging market

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012. “Making Midwest customers more aware of the high quality of…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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New Proposed Government Rule

Just to keep those of you who may own CMLs or otherwise transport food products alert, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed new rule for the sanitary transportation of food, that will require certain shippers of food to take steps to prevent contamination during transport.  The proposal would create a host of…

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100 Years Advocating Restaurants

How time flies!  As we’ve told you before, 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of DDIFO as an organization representing Dunkin’s Independent Franchise Owners and we’re proud of it.  Out in the mid-west though, the Illinois Restaurant Association is celebrating 100 years of advocacy for the restaurant industry in Illinois.  They too will celebrate their history…

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Missouri Says Cut Taxes, Sort Of

Missouri Democrats this week answered the tax cut question by announcing they have filed their own tax relief bill that will cut taxes for the majority of Missourians – but increase them on “the wealthiest”.  Last year, a tax cut bill passed the legislature but was vetoed as being too favorable to ‘wealthy businesses’ by…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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