Minimum Wages Staying in the Forefront

It seems that the debate over increases to minimum wages around the country has been in the news now for longer than one can imagine, and that may very well be the case! The question of the minimum wage was first raised most recently by President Obama in his 2013 state of the union address…

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Right To Work Laws Clear More Hurdles

And, in the northeast of all places! The New Hampshire state Senate passed right to work legislation this week (albeit by just 1 vote) and sent the bill on to the republican-controlled House of Representatives for its deliberation. If the bill wins House approval, newly elected Republican Governor Chris Sununu will sign the bill into…

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Maryland Another Battleground

They’re not about right to work, but there’s more battles brewing in Maryland over minimum wages and paid sick leave mandates. First off, Montgomery County Executive officer Isiah Leggett vetoed a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020 that the County Council passed by a vote of 5-4 last week. Leggett had expressed…

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Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Pay Equity Issues

After having saddled Philadelphia retailers with that onerous sugary drink tax last year, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance into law this week that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  The law, which also has been adopted by a host of other cities and a handful of states, is known as…

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Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

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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Experience + Smarts = Successful Expansion

He came in with donuts and came out with tires and mufflers. Not literally, but let’s not quibble over the details. The figurative donuts-for-tires trade happened when Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Eric Eskander struck up a conversation with a Meineke owner at the DDIFO National Conference two years ago. Eskander wasn’t looking to diversify his portfolio,…

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Love, Marriage and Dunkin’

When Colleen Bailey walked into her local Dunkin’ in Rockland, Maine, she knew she would get donuts and coffee. She didn’t know she’d fall in love, get married and eventually own nine Dunkin shops of her own. “Ed owned the Dunkin’ and I lived right up the street from it. That’s how we met,” says…

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Missouri Tees Up Right to Work

Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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