Miscellaneous

Impressive numbers for Dunkin’ coming out of the Big Apple this past week when the Center for an Urban Future released its annual State of the Chains Report showing a total of 596 Dunkin’ Donut shops operating in the five boroughs of New York City.  It was pointed out that number was more than the…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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Ohio House Blocks Local Minimum Wage

It is a completely different story out in the Buckeye state as the Ohio House of Representatives has already passed a measure that would block the city of Cleveland (and other cities throughout the state) from voting on a ballot initiative to create a $15/hour minimum wage within Cleveland.  That minimum wage ballot initiative, pushed…

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Et Tu, Governor?

The push for wage increases, paid sick/family leave, secured scheduling or any number of other dictated benefits seems endless, but when they’re proposed by those who claim to be pro-business, it seems that much more disturbing.  That brings us to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, generally thought to be a pro-business Republican Governor, who announced this…

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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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Maine Recount on Millionaire’s Tax Withdrawn

Opponents of the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax”, who had formally requested a recount of the measure, passed by voters on Election Day, have since changed their minds and withdrawn the recount request.  The measure, which mandates a 3% surcharge on any individual income over $200,000, was favored by voters by a margin of just over 1%…

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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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Family Legacy Guides Franchise Owner John Motta

John Motta’s childhood memories are soaked with sunshine and soccer balls. Steeped in the bayside community of Bristol, Rhode Island, where the DaMotta family settled (John later shortened his name), was a community of Portuguese immigrants. Soccer was their game and, for John, it became very personal. “My father built the first soccer field in…

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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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Local Right-to-Work Laws Upheld in Kentucky

There are currently 26 states (more than half the country) that have enacted right-to-work laws – prohibiting non-union members from being forced to pay union dues against their will – but Kentucky is not one of them.  And, with the Kentucky House controlled by pro-union democratic representatives, the votes were not there to enact right-to-work…

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