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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Attorney Makes Strong Case For Fair Franchising Laws

Attorney Ron Gardner, partner in the Minnesota based law firm of Dady & Gardner P.A. and a recognized expert in franchise law, makes a solid case for adoption of fair franchising laws across the country in a piece posted on the AAFD website.  Attorney Gardner is the counsel of record for the amicus curiae brief…

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Chicago Adds $1 Million to Business Microlending

Chicago franchisees should check into the city’s program for microlending to assist small businesses.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week that he was adding $1 Million to the Chicago Microlending Institute for the lending program.  To date, the city reports having helped some 110 small businesses in Chicago with over $900,000.

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Chaos Is Common Thread As ObamaCare Health Exchanges Open

In this the first week when state health exchanges are open for new enrollments, chaos seems to be one of the few consistencies.   The New York state health exchange opened for business on October 1 and then promptly posted a note on their website explaining that the exchange had been overwhelmed, was having log-in issues…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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Dunkin’ Expansion Complete in Wisconsin

With the signing of an agreement for the development of another 7 Dunkin’ shops in Wisconsin, Dunkin’ announced that the Wisconsin  market is now completely sold out!  The new shops are scheduled for development between 2014 and 2020. Read more.

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Workers Agitated in Select Cities

Those who derive some pleasure from disrupting American commerce and business seem to have set their sights recently on the QSR industry.  QSRweb.com reported last week (along with a number of outlets) that QSR workers in seven different major cities around the country were planning to protest their wages with coordinated employee walkouts this past…

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Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware

The case of Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware is an Illinois lawsuit that has been appealed to the Illinois Supreme court. The case stems from a disclaimer in the Ace Hardware Franchise Agreement that states that the franchisee couldn’t rely on anything outside the franchise agreement. In considering the purchase of a franchise,…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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