More Minimum Wage Issues At The State Level

As if Seattle and San Francisco aren’t doing enough to damage an already shaky economy, there are a number of equally egregious and challenging proposals in a host of State Houses across the country and especially on both coasts.  California State Senator Mark Leno has his own minimum wage bill (SB 935) pending in the…

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Massachusetts Bill Would Prohibit Social Media Inquiries

More along the lines of restricting employers’ abilities to learn as much about their job applicants as they may deem appropriate, a proposal passed in the Massachusetts state Senate as an amendment to the state budget would prohibit an employer from asking for access to an employee or applicant’s social media pages.  The issue had…

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Weil Confirmed as Director of Wage and Hour Division

In what is an egregious appointment for franchise owners and small businessmen and women throughout the country, Boston University business school professor David Weil was confirmed by the US Senate on April 28 as the Administrator of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  Confirmed by a straight party line vote, Weil officially…

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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Massachusetts House Increases Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts House earlier this week passed its own version of a minimum wage increase. The House’s bill increases the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.00 to $10.50 over the next two years!  The bill, believe it or not, is preferable to an earlier version passed by the Senate that would increase the minimum to $11/hour…

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$15/Hour Minimum Wage Rejected

There may be hope for us yet as the liberal bastion of Amherst, Massachusetts, officially voted down a proposal to establish a local minimum wage of $15/hour at its Town Meeting 2 nights ago.  The proposal, initiated by a UMass student, would have cost the town itself (which is home to several colleges in addition…

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Congratulations to D’Alelio Management

DDIFO is delighted to extend our congratulations to D’Alelio Management (founded by DDIFO Hall of Fame Inductee, the late Helen D’Alelio) on the company being named “Business of the Year” by the Medford (Massachusetts) Chamber of Commerce.  Company principals, Mitzi Lawlor and Gary D’Alelio, own 26 Dunkin shops around Massachusetts.

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Minimum Wage Staying in the News

Efforts at the national, state and local levels to increase the minimum wage continue to make news and will likely do so right on through the fall mid-term elections.  There seems to be a concerted effort by the Obama Administration and a bona fide strategy by the democratic party to make ‘income inequality’ an issue…

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DDIFO Northeast Regional Meeting

On March 5, DDIFO will sponsor the Northeast Regional Member Meeting at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.  This meeting is always one of our most lively meetings and this year, our 25th anniversary year, will be no exception.  We’ll have the quarterly DDIFO Board meeting for starters and then follow that up with…

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