Missouri Franchisee is Accustomed to the Ups and Downs of Business

When you’ve spent most of your professional career in the roller coaster world of theme parks, becoming a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise operator hardly seems like the next logical step. But for Cory Roebuck – who toiled for 17 years managing amusement parks and attractions up and down the coast of California before ending up in…

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How Equal Access Laws Affect Franchise Owners

“Equal access” has meant various things, for various classes of people, throughout the history of the United States. For some, it has meant being able to eat at the same restaurants or drink from the same water fountains. For others, it has meant having the right to vote. And, notwithstanding great strides in this country…

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de Blasio Pushes Scheduling, DC Council Tables It

We could say it is a tale of two cities, but we won’t.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing hard in the Big Apple to mandate so-called secured scheduling, almost identical to the edict recently enacted in Seattle.  But, de Blasio is specifically looking to target the fast food industry with his mandate. …

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US Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work

Early this week, a federal court judge rejected a union challenge to the Wisconsin right-to-work laws citing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a similar law in Indiana.  In his order, filed on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller rejected requests for preliminary injunctions by the two plaintiffs, Locals 139 and…

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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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DDIFO Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, DDIFO is honored to announce the induction of two long time operators into its Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DUKE CARVALHO: Try it, you’ll like it Duke Carvalho always had a good eye for business. He saw the money side of it as a manager at the Cambridge (Mass.) Portuguese Credit Union. He saw…

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Seattle Adopts Secured Scheduling

Apparently hell-bent to put small businesses out of business, the Seattle City Council, with the encouragement of Mayor Ed Murray, unanimously adopted a secured scheduling ordinance earlier this week that will become effective on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance requires that workers get a minimum two-week advance notice of their work schedules and further provides…

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Governor Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike

As expected, earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made good on his promise to veto legislation increasing the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill would have allowed the minimum wage, currently $8.25 an hour, to increase to $10.10 on January 1 and then by $1.25 for each of the subsequent…

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Restaurants Drop Surcharge

Last week, we advised you of a class action lawsuit pending in California where a number of restaurants had implemented a 3% surcharge to cover increased cost associated with Obamacare.  This week, we note a story in Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) where West Coast based Restaurants Unlimited has eliminated a 2 month old surcharge they…

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Appeals Court Allows LA Hotel Worker Minimum to Stand

A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed a lower court ruling to stand, rejecting a challenge brought against the Los Angeles Fair Wage Ordinance.  The 2014 fair-wage law required hotels with more than 150 hotel rooms to pay their workers a minimum of $15.37 per hour and was challenged…

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