Starbucks’ Tip Policy Held to Violate Minnesota Law

Smartbrief reports that on September 30, 2009, Judge Patrick Schiltz of the Federal Court for the District of Minnesota declared that Starbucks Coffee Company’s tip distribution policy violates Minnesota law. Faced with a request for clarification from Starbucks, Judge Schiltz affirmed the breadth of his holding, writing, “Starbucks’ policy violates Minnesota law by requiring employees who work on a particular shift to share tips received on that shift with employees who do not work on that shift.”

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Small Business Owners Take On Tax Man

Business Owners Seek to Cut Costs by Appealing Property Assessments. Raymund Flandez of the Wall Street Journal reports that the bad economy and the deteriorating commercial real-estate market have motivated some small-business owners to fight their tax assessments.

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Franchise Industry Lobbies to Extend Small Business Tax Benefits

It may take months or even years before markets return to normal, yet a number of key tax measures that have helped small firms survive the downturn are set to expire, touching off a scramble on Capitol Hill to get them extended. The franchise industry, one of the biggest beneficiaries, has taken the lead in the lobbying effort as the clock winds down on several key tax incentives.

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Weighing in on Press Coverage

Op-Ed by Matt Ellis, DDIFO’s Communication Director. Response to the Boston Globe’s recent article “Franchisees say Dunkin’s brewing trouble” illustrates the differing opinions franchise owners have about seeing their issues discussed in the press. Some lauded Jenn Abelson’s article as an important discussion of an issue of interest to the entire Dunkin’ Donuts franchise community; others saw it as an improper public airing of dirty laundry. In either case, any news related to Dunkin’ Donuts strikes a chord because of the popularity and positive perception people have for Dunkin’ Donuts and its products.

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Chairman Purvin to Step Down from AAFD

Don Sniegowski reports at Blue MauMau that Robert Purvin, chairman and CEO of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), has announced while with lawyers attending the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising event in Toronto, Ontario that he will be stepping down within the next six months.

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Congress Mulls Fee Cut on Credit Card Transactions

Mark Calvey reports in the San Francisco Business Times that Visa Inc. and its banking clients who rely on the San Francisco company’s payment network to handle card transactions are fighting lawmakers on yet another front: the fees merchants pay to process a card transaction. Three bills in Congress would limit so-called interchange fees when banking issues are the hot topic.

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Money-Saving, Profit-Boosting Strategies for Franchise Owners

In light of the current economic recession, Dunkin’ franchise owners are rightfully being even more vigilant about the bottom line. The DDIFO is mindful of this and wants to help its members identify ways to save money and boost profits. DDIFO Sponsor, Performance Business Solutions, LLC (PBS) and its sister company, MS Consultants, LLC offer services in areas franchisees might not be aware of that can make a significant difference in terms of reducing business expenses, particularly in the area of tax savings.

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DDIFO Paints a Bright Future at DCU Center Meeting

Dunkin’ Donut franchise owners who attended the members’ meeting in Worcester, MA on September 22 learned about plans to double the size of the group’s membership, were exhorted to get involved with the government legislative process for their own benefit and heard a battle cry to fight against apparantly aggressive legal tactics by the brand against the franchise owners.

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Managing New Technologies: Together “we kin’ do it”

Some Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners remember the days of making the donuts. It’s harkens memories of days gone by and reflects the simplicity of the business in its early days. Today, technology has moved the business into the modern age—not just in baking but also in business operations. As an example, sophisticated Point-of-Service machines provide franchise owners with critical data to improve purchasing, sales and marketing. They also point out variances and help control shrinkage. This data is of tremendous benefit to both operators and the brand. As a result, the need has emerged for a policy to effectively manage the use of that data.

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Loss Prevention Department Wants You! Now What?

DDIFO is please to present Guest Commentary from time time from valued contributors. The following is an article written and submitted by Robert Zarco and Robert Salkowski attorneys at law, from Zarco Law, Bank of America Tower at International Place, 100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131, Telephone:(305) 374-5418.

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