Teamsters threaten action against Dunkin’ in contract dispute

The Boston Herald reports that Teamsters Local 25 is threatening to slam the brakes on the notion that America runs on Dunkin’ Donuts. The powerful Charlestown union yesterday accused one of Dunkin’s largest distribution companies of deliberately dragging its feet on signing a new contract for nearly 200 Bellingham truckers and other workers who voted last year to join the Teamsters.

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How Franchisees Fire Franchisor CEOs and Boards

Don Sniegowski writes at BlueMauMau that Experts say that well organized franchisees can make profound changes in a franchisor’s behavior. Some have even been able to fire wayward CEOs, replace a franchisor’s board of directors, and spearhead a new strategy that lifts store profits and the brand.

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The Case for More, Not Less, Franchisee Protection

Current franchise laws and regulations do not go far enough to protect the interests of franchisees against often times overreaching franchisors according to an article published in Franchise Law Journal, Volume 29, Number 3, Winter 2010, by Lagarias & Boulter.

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New hires complete new Form W-11 to qualify employers for HIRE Act tax breaks

IRS has released Form W-11, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act Employee Affidavit. Newly hired, but formerly unemployed, workers must sign this form (or its equivalent) in order for their new employers to qualify for a payroll tax holiday and possibly an up-to-$1,000 credit under the HIRE Act ( P.L. 111-147 ). DDIFO Members read more…

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Obama’s NLRB Appointment Puts Business on ‘Red Alert’

Kent Hoover reports at Portfolio.com that it didn’t take long. A day after Congress left town for two weeks, President Barack Obama on Saturday used his power to appoint people to government posts while Congress is on recess to put Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board.

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HIRE Act Aims to Encourage Immediate Hiring with Tax Credits

The President recently signed into law the “Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010” (the HIRE Act, P. L. 111-47, 03/18/2010). The centerpiece of this Act is a payroll tax holiday and up-to-$1,000 tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers. In addition to these new hiring incentives, the HIRE Act also includes a one-year extension of the enhanced small business expensing option under Code Sec. 179 . Both of these provisions are extremely important to many businesses. DDIFO Members read more…

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State of Massachusetts Institutes a Tax Amnesty Program for a Limited Time

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue has established a 2-month amnesty period starting April 1, 2010 until June 1, 2010 applicable for tax periods ending on or before December 31, 2009 that is limited to sales-use taxes, withholding taxes, and certain business tax liabilities. Submitted by Jim Ventriglia, MST, CPA. DDIFO Members Read More…

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