Independent Joe Magazine – August 2013

The 2013 National Conference and Hall of Fame Awards Gala is shaping up as DDIFO’s best ever as the independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners meets to explore business issues and examine relevant regulatory and legal trends. Franchisees will be buzzing about higher payroll taxes, soda bans, and paid sick leave.

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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National Conference in Atlantic City: Why it Matters

It’s been called “The World’s Playground,” “Queen of the Resorts,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Monopoly City.” Atlantic City, the iconic seaside resort and undisputed gaming capital of the east coast, is world famous for its magnificent boardwalk, glitzy casinos and storied entertainers that headline this national showplace. But “AC” is indeed “Always Turned On” in other…

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7-Eleven Indictments a Cautionary Tale for all Franchisees

We took great notice of the recent news coverage that several 7-Eleven franchisees were among those indicted in a far-reaching case of immigrant exploitation. According to the New York Times, franchisees “recruited more than 50 illegal immigrants and gave them identities stolen from American citizens, including children and dead people. The employees worked for 100…

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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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