Ban the Box Making Headlines

Perhaps with less fanfare, but potentially just as onerous as some of these other new initiatives, the so-called “ban the box” movement continues to succeed in various venues around the country.  As we told you over one year ago, President Obama was threatening to and subsequently did “ban the box” for federal job applicants and…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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Independent Joe #40 Oct/Nov

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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What About Health Care?

With President-elect Trump promising to repeal Obama Care and both houses of Congress controlled by the Republicans, one could easily assume that the ACA will be repealed early on in the Trump presidency.  That may be easier said than done however.  Although it’s true that republicans will control both branches of Congress, they will not…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Pass

Voters in the four states that were considering minimum wage ballot initiatives this week approved all 4 measures on Tuesday.  The states of Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each will see their minimum wages rise by varying amounts on different time schedules as a result of election day approvals.  Three of the four however (Arizona,…

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Soda Taxes Go 4 For 4

Ballot initiatives to impose additional taxes on sugary drinks went undefeated on Election Day as four more local communities (3 in California) passed the initiatives.  San Francisco, along with Albany and Oakland all passed sugary drink taxes, mimicking the first-in-the-nation soda tax enshrined in Berkeley back in 2014.  These measures, each of which assess an…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

Just a few weeks ago, Illinois’ Cook County adopted a paid sick leave law almost identical to that which is in place in the City of Chicago – one hour leave for every 40 hours worked.  This week, the Cook County Board again followed the lead of the Windy City when they mandated a $13…

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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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Independent Joe #39 Sept/Oct

Tucked into the Connecticut woods, Foxwoods is the largest resort casino in the country. In short, there really is something for everyone. “The great thing about coming to Foxwoods is that you can bring your family and extend your stay,” says Guido Petrosinelli, a longtime franchisee from Rhode Island, and a member of the 2105…

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Breaking into the Bay Area

Progressive, friendly and laid back are some of the ways people describe the “San Francisco attitude.” But, laid back is not how the Bay Area has greeted the return of Dunkin’ Donuts after a 16 year absence. At one time, Dunkin’ Donuts had 15 stores scattered across California, but closed them all by 2000. The…

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