Minimum Wages Stays in the Forefront

The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Alive and Well

Lest we forget, the push for increased minimum wages continues around the country with two more being enacted within the past couple of weeks.  On the west coast, Oregon became the latest state to buy into it when the Oregon House passed Senate bill 1532 and Governor Kate Brown promised to sign it into law. …

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Tampa Member Meeting

We remind our members that DDIFO member meetings begin on February 24 at the Tampa Airport Marriott with Streamlining the Dunkin’ Development, Transfer & Renovation Processes.  The program will begin at 11:30 with lunch and features Dan Connelly, Managing Director of Joyal Capital Management, Attorney David Paris, partner with the law firm of Paris Ackerman…

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Tampa Member Meeting

We begin our series of 2016 member meetings with Streamlining the Dunkin’ Development, Transfer & Renovation Processes on February 24 at the Tampa Airport Marriott.  The program will begin at 11:30 with lunch and features Dan Connelly, Managing Director of Joyal Capital Management, Attorney David Paris, partner with the law firm of Paris Ackerman Schmierer;…

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DDIFO Member Meetings

We will begin our series of member meetings for 2016 next month with our first meeting scheduled for February 24 at the Tampa Airport Marriott, followed by our Northeast Regional meeting the following week on March 1.  We’re still finalizing the program content for both, but are excited about adding some new twists to our…

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States Look to Restrict Joint-Employer

One approach to clarifying the issue and clearing up any confusion it may have caused is legislation at the individual state level that unmistakably defines who is and is not a joint employer.  As we’ve advised in past issues, 3 states (Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas) had passed into law clarifying legislation that effectively exempts franchising…

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Florida Governor Pushing Tax Cuts Too

Florida Governor Rick Scott is looking to push through additional tax cuts for businesses in the Sunshine State as well.  Scott has long let it be known that he wants additional cuts made to state taxes and has even filed legislation to do away with the state income tax.  Now, he’s proposed a broad array…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the…

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Still Higher Minimum Wage Mandates

Since the $15/hour minimum wage mantra first rang out from Seattle, we have heard a fairly steady drumbeat advocating that communities set it as the new norm.  Over time, the effort has succeeded in a number of areas.  Just this week, Walmart, long a target for the $15/hour activists, announced that the company will be…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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