NDCP Expands to Better Serve Members

When it comes to operating a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, a primary concern is serving your customers what they want when they want it. At National DCP (NDCP), the supply chain management cooperative created to serve the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts, job number one is providing products at the lowest sustainable costs, ensuring that orders arrive…

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Protecting Franchisee Equity in California – and Beyond

Editor’s note: This month, Independent Joe offers an updated look at the legal impact from California’s Franchsie Relations Act, which has been covered extensively in this magazine. Franchise attorney Peter Lagarias provides this review of the statutory changes and how they affect Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The landmark California Franchise Relations Act (CFRA), which went…

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When Is Reasonable Reasonable?

As we’ve cautioned in the past, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law to which small business owners must pay particularly close attention. We’ve advised in prior issues of so-called “drive-by lawsuits”, where individuals use the ADA as a club by which to extort settlements from business owners. But, the law has real…

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NJ Governor Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

He may be polling at an abysmal 15% favorable, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to be liked by more small business owners after he vetoed a dramatic expansion of the New Jersey paid leave mandate this week. New Jersey law currently provides for 6 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of salary…

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Pregnancy Protections

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed the Pregnant Workers Protection Act (H3680) into law requiring employers in the Commonwealth to make reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the new law, which hadn’t been able to gain much traction in several past sessions, it is illegal for employers in the state to choose not hire…

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Calling All Regulatory Excess!

Shortly after assuming office, President Trump mandated that for every new regulation proposed, federal agencies submit two regulations that should be eliminated. Well, that order is now starting to bear fruit as federal agencies are aggressively looking to identify regulations ripe for elimination. In that vein, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy will…

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Soda Tax Appealed to PA High Court

Having been rejected at both the Court of Common Pleas (initial action) and just last month, the Commonwealth Court (appellate level), plaintiffs challenging the Philadelphia soda tax this week brought the issue to the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. The American Beverage Association, along with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association and several other local business plaintiffs, appealed…

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St. Louis Minimum Wage To Drop

It’s been an up and down battle over the minimum wage in St. Louis for the past several months, but it looks like small businesses may be the final winner as the state preemption of local minimum wages will take effect on August 28 of this year. St. Louis passed its own minimum wage law…

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