Save BIG and Boost Cash Flow with Cost Segregation

With tax season upon us, Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners might be interested to know about noteworthy tax-saving strategies. Enter: cost segregation which, depending largely on the scope of a franchisee’s holdings and investments, can yield upwards of $1 million in additional tax deductions. DDIFO Members Only Restricted Content.

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DDIFO Fights to Change Massachusetts Tip Pooling Law

Boston — Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners went to bat for their employees this week, asking the state legislature to modify a state law that has limited or stopped many shops from accepting tips from their customers. DDIFO Member Restricted

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Fort Worth Workers Join Effort to Unionize Starbucks

Hispanic Business reports that Workers at a Fort Worth Starbucks said Friday they have joined an effort launched in 2004 to unionize the nation’s largest coffee company. The workers, who blocked the drive-through lane early Friday at the Starbucks at 1608 W. Rosedale St., said Fort Worth is the sixth U.S. city — and the first in Texas — with an outlet where workers have affiliated with the fledgling Starbucks Workers’ Union.

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Mass Roundup: Budget off $3 Billion

Nancy Reardon of the Patriot Ledger reports that the outlook for next year’s state budget is a bit rosier than state leaders expected, but the chances of a full recovery anytime soon are dim.

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Immigration Reform Bill Introduced

Paul Frumkin of Nation’s Restaurant News reports that the battle over immigration reform got off to an earlier start than anticipated when a group of lawmakers introduced a comprehensive bill into the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

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DDIFO Members: Attend the Second Annual CFA Day Forum in Washington DC

As the year comes to a close and the New Year is almost upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the challenges we face as small business owners. Legislatively, 2009 has been a difficult year for business owners. There is more to come, legislators in Washington DC are preparing to enact new laws that will have a dramatic impact on your bottom line. As the Legislative Affairs Coordinator for DDIFO, I can assure you that DDIFO is not sitting idly by as legislators continue to pry into your business. As a founding member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) we have been working together with other franchisee associations to make sure that all of our voices are heard on Capital Hill.

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2009 Top Ten List of Federal (FLSA) Wage and Hour Violations

From time time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. The following is an article written and submitted by Attorney Jim Reidy, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03105, 603-627-8217, jreidy@sheehan.com. Each year we review the Top Ten FLSA (federal) wage and hour violations. The stakes for noncompliance with these wage laws are higher than ever before, so with each outline we have provided some guidance on how to avoid being on these DOL “naughty” lists.

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DDIFO Releases AAFD Grading Report to Members and Takes the Clock Down

Over a year ago DDIFO commissioned the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) to review and grade the Dunkin Brands franchise agreement. The AAFD thru a group of executives, entrepreneurs and attorneys have worked for over 15 years to set standards for franchise agreements to make them more fair and equitable. The ultimate goal was to make franchising work better for everyone, believing that a spirit of communication and mediation led to better relations and business results. The AAFD set of standards are referred to as the “Fair Franchising Standards”, In the fall of 2008 DDIFO felt that the existing franchise agreement was causing excess friction and litigation between Dunkin Brands and the franchisees. DDIIFO felt this situation was caused in part by an inequitable franchise agreement, and that the litigation had not been good for the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee community.

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Judge Declares Mistrial in Suit Against Dunkin’ Donuts

Paul Grimaldi writes in the Providence Journal that a federal judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a Vermont businessman suing the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop chain after jurors admitted discussing their views of the trial among themselves. “I think this jury is thoroughly infected,” said Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald R. Lagueux. “One juror clearly expressed an opinion about who should win the case.” Lagueux made his decision after lawyers for the businessman, Irwin Barkan, sought to have a mistrial declared after just the first day of a hearing on his lawsuit. The judge said he would reschedule the trial sometime in January.

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Quiznos Could Pay Millions in Settlement

Alan J. Liddle reports at Nation’s Restaurant News that a judge has granted preliminary approval for the settlement of four class-action lawsuits filed by Quiznos Sub franchisees against their franchisor that could significantly alter the relationship of the feuding parties and cost the franchisor up to $100 million. The proposed settlement could impact more than 6,900 individuals now associated with the Denver-based Quiznos system “and several thousand who have closed their franchises,” attorneys for franchisees indicated in court documents.

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