Mandatory GMO Labeling One Month Away

In a little over one month, Vermont will become the first state in the nation actually requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).  The Vermont mandate was signed into law just over 2 years ago and immediately challenged by the Grocery Manufacturers Association along with the Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods…

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Mass Millionaire’s Tax Clears Hurdle

Seems the ‘Punish the Prosperous Parade’ continues unabated with approval of a proposal at the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention this week to assess an additional 4 percent tax on incomes over $1 million.  Under the state constitution, which currently prohibits a graduated income tax, any proposed amendment to the constitution must be approved by two consecutive…

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What’s Brewing: Payroll challenges, Menus, Labor Costs

Warning: A tidal wave of minimum wage laws and food labeling red tape may soon be headed your way. Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners are facing what is shaping up to be a challenging and unpredictable 2016. A no-holds-barred presidential race has pumped new energy into an array of activist causes, from the…

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Sandwich Advantage: Franchisees test sandwich stations

No longer just a ho-hum combination of white bread and filling, today’s sandwich has evolved into a creative and versatile snack or portable meal, and a gastrointestinal necessity for Americans on the go. For Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, this translates into big opportunity and a big challenge. How do you add new and more complicated sandwich…

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Massachusetts Tax Amnesty

For those of you who pay taxes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Bay State’s 2016 tax amnesty program is in full swing for another couple of weeks.  The program provides an opportunity for those businesses and individuals who have not filed all returns they were required to or those who may have understated the…

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New Development and a Livable Wage

You knew sooner or later local communities would attach a requirement that a developer pay what the local government defines as a “livable wage” in exchange for development incentives.  Well, it looks as though Worcester, Massachusetts is doing just that.  This week, the Worcester City Council Economic Development Committee unanimously endorsed a tax incremental financing…

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Minimum Wage Actions and Protests

Notwithstanding that they have enjoyed a certain amount of success in the push to increase the minimum wage, organized labor advocates organized a number of protests around the country again yesterday.  Despite it being just a week after New York and California governors each signed legislation adopting the magical number of $15/hour, protest organizers were…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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