Obamacare Confirmed, Restaurant Industry Wants Changes

In the wake of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision ratifying the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, the National Restaurant Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants and a host of other industry groups advocate that Congress change the law to make it more workable for all affected industries.   Although most of these groups have opposed the ACA…

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SCOTUS Upholds ACA & IRS Ends Reimbursements

Notwithstanding the big news in today’s papers that the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided in the King v. Burwell decision to uphold the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care Act, Internal Revenue Service rules next week officially end the transitional exemption from the excise penalty for a small employer (generally less than 50 employees or…

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Making Sense of Healthcare Law Requirements

March 23rd marked five-years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law and it has already had a significant impact on how employers offer health insurance coverage to employees. Employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent (FTE) employees are known as Applicable Large Employers (ALE) and are subject to the…

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Delay Sought In Small Business Insurance Requirement

Major small business representatives formally requested that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) delay moving businesses with between 51 and 99 employees into the small group market, subjecting them to additional benefit and premium rating requirements.  For employers with between 51 and 99 employees, the law contained a provision allowing them 2 full…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Challenge to Obama Care Tax Credits Heard by SCOTUS

The US Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments this week on the issue of tax credits being utilized in the Affordable Care Act.  The issue stems from language in the health care law (“We have to pass the health care bill so we can find out what’s in it.” – then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi) that authorizes a…

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IRS Delays Health Care Penalties

The ever moving target of understanding the implications (good or bad) of the Affordable Care Act mandates has apparently moved again, as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week announced yet another delay in its implementation.  Under the regulations, employers that offered health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for employees buying individual health insurance policies could have…

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Zarco Presenting At DDIFO Florida Meeting

Renown franchise attorney Robert Zarco has confirmed as the presenter for the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.  Attorney Zarco, founding partner of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, will be presenting on the Affordable Care Act and its ramifications for franchise owners as well as…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

Members will also want to plan on attending the Northeast Regional meeting to be held on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon will be presenting important Wall Street insights and information on Dunkin’ as well as other major issues in the restaurant space. …

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Senator Susan Collins Completes CFA Lobby Forum Lineup

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has finalized its speaker lineup for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015 with the addition of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the prime sponsor and driving force behind the “40 Hours is a Full Work Week” bill. …

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