Tail Wagging The Dog

GMO labeling is set to become effective in the state of Vermont this July 1 and as a result, Congress is moving much more quickly than usual in order to forestall a patchwork of state laws and regulations over genetically modified organisms (GMO).  This week, the US Senate began debating a federal voluntary labeling bill…

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Massachusetts Offers Tax Amnesty

This week, Massachusetts finalized and announced a new tax amnesty program that will grant individuals and businesses a two-month window to get right with the taxman!  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue Amnesty 2016 program will be available from April 1 through May 31 and will allow taxpayers to file delinquent returns or amend prior tax…

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Vermont Mandates Paid Sick Leave

The dictates on small business continue and the paid sick leave benefit has now been mandated by a fifth state as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed paid sick leave into law this week in the Green Mountain State.  Under House 187, which cleared the legislature late last month and was signed into law Wednesday, all…

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Bruce MacDonald’s Franchising Story is a Family Affair

For many American families living in the northeast, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a part of their daily routines for decades. Whether it’s starting the day off with a trip through the drive thru or picking up a dozen donuts on the way to a social gathering or on the way home from church, that iconic…

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Massachusetts Wants To Hear Your Issues

It is a rare opportunity indeed when businessmen and women are legitimately asked to comment on the impact that government regulations has on their business, but that opportunity exists now thanks to Governor Charlie Baker and his Regulation Review initiative.  Baker, who just completed his first year in office as the state’s CEO, ordered the…

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Minimum Wage Stays in the News

It seems a week can’t go by without some new minimum wage activity being in the forefront somewhere.  This week’s news brings us back to the state of Maine, where advocates have succeeded in placing a minimum wage increase on the ballot this November, but that’s yesterday’s news.  This week, a broad coalition of business…

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Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave

When as expected, Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin signs the bill passed by the legislature last week, Vermont will become the fifth state to pick up the mantle of mandating private employers provide paid sick leave to their employees.  The legislation provides that beginning next January 1, employers in the Green Mountain state must give employees…

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GMO Labeling Back In Headlines

Speaking of Vermont, the state was the first to mandate special labeling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back in 2014 when Governor Shumlin signed the labeling legislation into law.  Since that time, the law has been challenged by the Grocers Manufacturers Association in a lawsuit that is still pending (the court rejected the…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

You’ve only got a few days left to register for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting next Tuesday at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  The program will feature veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos speaking on the media perspective and how it responds to small business issues.   We will also feature Kevin Scott, ServSafe®…

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DOL Official Endorses Paid Sick Leave

As if sticking it to business through the aforementioned overtime rule wasn’t enough transformation, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Massachusetts last week to advocate for the adoption of mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees.  The administration’s push for national paid sick leave mandates has not gotten any traction in…

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