A Look at Restaurant Industry Same-Store Sales

Mike Dempsey reports at Nation’s Restaurant News that nearly all public restaurant companies reported fourth-quarter same-store sales results this month, and winter storms and lingering economic pressures pushed most into negative territory. Some, mainly because of value messaging, moved in a positive direction.

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Protect Your Business with Union-Proofing Practices

The U.S. has a long and complex history with labor unions. While union membership peaked at 35.5 percent of the private sector workforce nationally in 1945, as of last year, that figure stood at fewer than eight percent. That doesn’t mean, however, that the threat of union organizing is gone. DDIFO Members Read More:

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Hospitality Overtime Lawsuits Heating Up

LawyersandSettlements.com reports that theUS Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis plans to be more aggressive in enforcing federal employment laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and has asked for additional funding to hire hundreds of new compliance officers for the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Wage and Hour Division, which covers overtime issues. This would increase the size of the Division by a third.

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Brewing Up Campaign Cash

Livia Gershon writes in the Worcester Business Journal that in 2004, the state passed a law that kept restaurant staff with managerial responsibilities from being part of any tip pool.

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Indy Joe: What Tax Changes for 2009 Should I be Aware of?

Today’s Question is: What Tax Changes for 2009 Should I be Aware of? Today’s Answer is submitted by: Jim Ventriglia of James P. Ventriglia, CPA, Inc. or Cranston, RI. James P Ventriglia, MST, CPA, is DDIFO’s CPA and has been servicingthe accounting needs of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees for decades. Contact him at jimv@jpvcpa.com or at 401-942-0008.

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U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on 1st Circuit franchise case

The RI Lawyers Weekly Sidebar Blog has posted that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld in part and overturned in part a decision of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case stemming from a dispute between an oil company and eight gas station operators who claimed the oil company tried to drive them out of business.

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Massachusetts Bill Would Force Paid Sick Leave for Everyone

Amanda Fakhreddine of the Patriot Ledger writes that in order to stay in business in the current economic climate, Richard Meier, owner of Meier & Associates, has had to make drastic cutbacks. Now, Meier, whose company is based in Abington, has another worry – the Paid Sick Leave Act that’s being considered by the state Legislature.

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Stop & Shop Workers Authorize Strike

The Patriot Ledger reports that a United Food and Commercial Workers union official said Stop & Shop employees who belong to five UFCW locals voted today to authorize a strike if contract negotiations with the Quincy-based supermarket company fall apart. The workers’ contracts expired at the end of the day on Saturday, but the union leadership…

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