What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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Time to renovate or remodel your Dunkin Donuts shop?

Time to renovate or remodel your shop?

Depending on where you are in your renovation/remodel cycle, now might be the time to remodel. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced a bill to make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold improvements and retail improvements. The bill would allow restaurateurs, landlords and other…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 5, 2013 – NYC’s 500th Store, Tip Pooling, CFA Lobby Day

Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate – Not only big news, but Good News!  The big story of the week was the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015 – coincidentally after the 2014 mid-term congressional elections, but whatever their reasons . . .  The delay in…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 28, 2013 – NLRB Appointments, Tip Pooling, Employee Payment

Supreme Court To Review NLRB Appointments – President Obama’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which were ultimately declared illegal, continue to make news.  The three appointments, made while the Senate was still in session, were negated by the courts.  Consequently, any decisions (most of which were anti-business) by the NLRB after the…

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Independent Joe Magazine – June 2013

As we enter into the summer months, we look forward with anticipation to barbeques, sun-filled days, beaches, vacations – and plans to attend the DDIFO National Conference.

For the last few years, the conference was held at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut and the speaking outline for the conference was kept under wraps until Labor Day. That all changes this year.

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 23, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tip Pooling, Competitor News, Hiring Issues

More West Coast Movement on Fair Franchising – Although it is not yet over, good news continues to stream out of California on the Fair Franchising initiative.  This week, the California Assembly’s Committee on the Judiciary approved the bill on a 7-2 vote with one member absent and not voting.  The bill has now been sent to the Assembly’s Committee…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 14th, 2013 – Franchisee/Franchisor Roles, Criminal Background Checks, Charity Events, Market Conditions

New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisee/Franchisor Roles – Earlier this week,Delaware Governor Jake Markell signed into law, HB55, legislation that establishes that the franchisee and franchisor relationship is actually one where the franchisee is considered an independent contractor!  The proposal passed both branches of the Delaware legislature unanimously and is similar to a bill that was passed into law in Georgia last…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 8th, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tax Reform, Swipe Fees

Inequities in Franchise Relationship Are A Global Issue – Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve reported on efforts to enact “fair franchising” legislation in Maine, California and Massachusetts.  Notwithstanding arguments by the IFA and others that infusing a more equitable balance into the franchise relationship would be devastating, the “land down under” now weighs…

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