Florida District Meeting

In just two weeks, DDIFO will welcome our southeast members to the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act its application for Dunkin’ franchise owners.  The program will feature nationally renowned franchise attorney Robert…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

In just under one week, DDIFO will get its 2015 member meetings program underway with the Mid Atlantic District Meeting being held at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel next Thursday, February 12.  The meeting will begin with lunch at noon and will conclude at 3:00 PM.  The program, Navigating the Uncharted Waters of…

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Upcoming Member Meetings –

Later this month, we will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will also focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the recent NLRB rulings and their impact on the franchising community,…

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Affordable Care Act Takes Hold

Although small businesses that employ at least 50 and fewer than 100 workers are not required to offer health insurance to their employees until January, 2016, there are a host of reporting requirements that such businesses must meet this year to ensure they have the information necessary to comply with the mandate next year when…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

With many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, we want to bring you as much up-to-date information as possible and will do precisely that at our Mid-Atlantic District meeting on Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.  The meeting will feature Attorney Pat McGovern, an…

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Employer Mandate Begins

It was passed into law some 5 years ago, but with the ball falling in Times Square this New Year’s Ever, the Obama Care employer mandate officially took effect. Beginning for 2015, all companies with 100 or more full-time employees must offer an affordable health plan to 70 percent or more of their employees or…

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SCOTUS Passes on Another Major Challenge

As its mandates begin to take effect, the Affordable Care Act dodged another legal bullet this past week when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to hear an appeal of a suit brought by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons challenging the requirement for recertification of physicians as well as a…

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Getting Down to Business

Turning the page to new legislative initiatives, Congressional Republicans wasted no time setting their sights on “refining” the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare”.  Yesterday, on a 252 – 172 vote, the US House passed a bill amending the law’s 30 hour work week provision and restoring the historical 40-hour definition of a full-time work week. …

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Special SHOP Enrollment Period Ends Monday

A special enrollment period offered by the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) as an inducement for small businesses to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace will end on Monday, December 15.   The special enrollment period allows small businesses in many states the opportunity to avoid the so-called “minimum participation rate“, which in most states…

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FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

Earlier this week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published their long-awaited final regulations governing menu labeling requirements around the country.  The FDA regulations, mandated by the Affordable Care Act and available in pdf format here, require that specific caloric and other information be included on menus and menu boards for “covered food establishments”.  “Covered…

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