California, Vermont and Massachusetts Introduce Fair Franchising Bills

It started with Rhode Island three years ago. That was supported by franchisee groups Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners and the Coalition of Franchise Associations. DDIFO last year helped introduce a bill in Massachusetts. That is up for vote this summer. To the industry’s surprise, the Massachusetts bill was copied over to Vermont by a franchisee. And now California has introduced assembly bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act.

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Department of Labor Restricts Employer-Directed Tip Distribution Even When Affected Employees Are Paid Above the Minimum Wage

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division issued important new directives to its field investigators.  These directives will impact employers who employ individuals who pool gratuities.  The Wage and Hour Division’s Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2012-2 rejects the ruling of a Federal appeals court and advises field staff that the department’s 2011…

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DDIFO Along With the CFA are Listed Supporters of the Small Business Tax Cut Act

Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) along with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and other franchisee associations have all signed on to support The Small Business Tax Cut Act which was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The tax cut bill, if passed, would decrease small business owners’ taxable income and increase bottom lines. Specifically, The Small Business Tax Cut Act would allow franchise owners to deduct 20 percent of their income from taxes, up to 50 percent of their W-2 wages.

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Northeast Members Meeting Recounts Success, Looks to Future Challenges

DDIFO members from the Northeast region gathered on March 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts, to mark their successes and prepare for tomorrow as they networked with fellow franchisees and DDIFO Sponsors, heard from compelling speakers, and exchanged ideas and concerns. The theme for the DDIFO Spring Northeast Members Meeting—Where Do We Go from Here? Onward & Forward!—conveyed the accomplishments Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have achieved over the past few years as well as the constant eye franchisees and DDIFO keep on the road ahead.

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Coffee Servers Should Be Eligible to Receive Tips

In Massachusetts, one regulation is not only harming small businesses, it’s also taking money out of the pockets of employees in virtually every city and town. Massachusetts’ tip-pooling law is preventing people who work behind the counter at Dunkin’ Donuts and other quick service restaurants from receiving tips. Leaving extra change—or an occasional dollar bill—in a tip cup is a time-honored tradition for Bay State coffee drinkers.

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Why Debit Card Fees are Higher Than Ever

In 2010, franchisees won a long, hard-fought battle against the finance industry, as Congress passed a bill which would regulate the exorbitant debit card fees that were being set by credit card companies and banks.Today, it appears that the battle has just begun. Some unintended consequences began to take shape in late June 2011, when…

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