Gender Identity, East and West

New laws relating how an individual self-identifies from a gender perspective are now in place and worth noting on both the west and east coasts.  In California, under a new law signed two weeks ago by California Governor Jerry Brown, businesses that have single-user bathrooms must make those facilities gender-neutral.  Those “single-user facilities” are defined…

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DDIFO Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, DDIFO is honored to announce the induction of two long time operators into its Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DUKE CARVALHO: Try it, you’ll like it Duke Carvalho always had a good eye for business. He saw the money side of it as a manager at the Cambridge (Mass.) Portuguese Credit Union. He saw…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Mass Governor Signs Pay Equity Law

As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so…

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Massachusetts Sends Pay Equity to Governor

The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously approved a pay equity bill at a rare Saturday session last week and sent it to Governor Charlie Baker for his approval.  If approved by the Governor – a sure bet, given the unanimous legislative vote in both branches, it will become the first pay equity law in the nation that…

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

We would remind all of our members with franchises in Massachusetts that the Commonwealth implemented a new earned sick leave law which took effect one year ago, in July, 2015.  The Attorney General’s office has developed a very informative and easy-to-navigate web site to provide detailed guidance on what the law requires of employers.  The…

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Mass Millionaire’s Tax Clears Hurdle

Seems the ‘Punish the Prosperous Parade’ continues unabated with approval of a proposal at the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention this week to assess an additional 4 percent tax on incomes over $1 million.  Under the state constitution, which currently prohibits a graduated income tax, any proposed amendment to the constitution must be approved by two consecutive…

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What’s Brewing: Payroll challenges, Menus, Labor Costs

Warning: A tidal wave of minimum wage laws and food labeling red tape may soon be headed your way. Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners are facing what is shaping up to be a challenging and unpredictable 2016. A no-holds-barred presidential race has pumped new energy into an array of activist causes, from the…

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Sandwich Advantage: Franchisees test sandwich stations

No longer just a ho-hum combination of white bread and filling, today’s sandwich has evolved into a creative and versatile snack or portable meal, and a gastrointestinal necessity for Americans on the go. For Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, this translates into big opportunity and a big challenge. How do you add new and more complicated sandwich…

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