Foam’s Out in Brookline Shops

In anticipation of the ban on polystyrene ban that will take effect on December 1, 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Brookline, Massachusetts began using a double-walled paper cup at all 5 Brookline locations.  The Boston Globe and New England Cable News both have stories on the issue.

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National Labor Relations Board At Full Complement

After numerous lawsuits about his “recess appointments,” President Obama struck a deal with Congress that allowed him to fill the vacant positions on the National Labor Relations Board.  Those appointments have now all been made and the board is at a full complement of members.  The question remains as to whether they will reaffirm a…

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Disappointing but Wise in California

We were all disappointed by the decision to allow the California fair franchising bill, SB.610 to be pulled from consideration by California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection on the evening before it was to be considered!  A closer look reveals the wisdom in this decision – although many were sympathetic to the…

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Employer Mandate Delayed, But Health Exchanges Start October 1

Although sighs of relief were heard when the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, members should remember that the mandated state (or federally) run Health Exchanges are still required to be available come October 1, 2013.  The state of Maine just this week released a comparison of small…

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Shifting Costs

In still more news relating Obama Care, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported on a survey by a business group in Wisconsin that revealed 53% of employers are shifting more costs onto employees while 36% are advocating wellness and value-based health programs. Read more

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Home Stretch for California Fair Franchising Bill

As you know from our reports over the past few months, a mild version of fair franchising legislation, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection this coming Tuesday, August 13.  A great effort has been undertaken by franchisees and their supporters in the California legislature and we…

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New York Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Generating Letters

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of polystyrene within the city has generated over 1,000 letters of opposition to the City Council according to a story by QSRweb.com.  A proposal to eliminate the use of polystyrene was also contained in Foodworks – A Vision on Improving the NYC Food System (page 70). …

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McTrouble Brewing

Tying to the issue of fair franchising, a story in Bloomberg reports that a minor revolt is in play within the McDonalds franchise community as the franchisor seeks to improve the company’s bottom line at the expense of the individual franchisees – increasingly charging franchisees more costs including rent, remodeling and training and software fees…

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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