Butter/Margarine Class Action Suits

We are aware that numerous Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have had filed against them civil class action lawsuits involving the alleged use of margarine or other butter substitutes.  We further understand that the lawsuits allege Massachusetts franchisees placed margarine or another butter substitute on customers’ baked products when the customer specifically asked for “butter”. We…

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States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

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State Preemptions

As more municipalities get involved in mandating what have historically fallen within the purview of the state or federal government, the notion of passing state preemptions becomes more important. On the matter of salary history bans, the state of Michigan recently took precisely that action, sending Senate bill 353 to Governor Rick Snyder for his…

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“Fair Workplace” Movement

The phrase has its roots in New York City, but now so-called “fair workplace” bills are under serious consideration in the state of Connecticut as well as the city of Philadelphia. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced his support for a slate of “fair workplace” bills that includes expanding the state’s paid family and medical leave…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

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Ohio Cuts Workers Compensation Premiums

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has approved a reduction in private employer insurance premiums of 12% to be effective July 1, 2018. During its deliberations, the BWC determined that the reduction would save Ohio businesses as much as $163.5 million. Further, BWC cited a number of factors that played into the reduction, chief…

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Indiana Studying Voluntary Paid Leave

It may be a novel approach in these days of government mandates for everything, but an Indiana state senator is asking the Indiana Legislature to create a study committee to specifically consider the benefits of a voluntary paid family and medical leave program. We saw with minimum wages, many companies voluntarily increased the minimums paid…

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Holiday Joy

The Northeast Chapter of the Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, hosted its annual Northeast Gala January 18, 2018 at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston and celebrated the milestone of funding over $2 million in grants to over 150 local nonprofit organizations that help bring…

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Two Guys Take Tulsa

In 1979, Dunkin’ Donuts opened its 1,000th restaurant. In 1990 – after it was acquired by Allied-Domecq – the brand began expanding. It opened location No. 2,000; and just two years later came No. 3,000. The rapid expansion into places like California, Colorado and Texas came without the kind of marketing strength and supply chain…

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Dunkin’s Brew-haha

Senior executives at Dunkin’ Brands have, for the past several years, successfully brought new products to the market, with the hope of developing brand loyalty among younger consumers. The Dunkin’ mobile app has made the process of ordering a beverage and snack with a smartphone simple and reliable. Dunkin’s cold brew exposed customers to a…

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