Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Upcoming Member Meetings

Members will also want to mark their calendars for the next two member meetings on the schedule – the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel and the Northeast Regional meeting on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  Agendas…

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Member Meetings Begin Anew

The first of the 2015 DDIFO Member Meetings, the Mid-Atlantic District Meeting, has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  It is scheduled as a luncheon meeting, with networking opportunities beginning at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon and the meeting concluding at 3:00 PM.  We are finalizing…

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Green is the New Black: Franchisee Finds Benefits in Green Building

Small business owners of all kinds are realizing that environmental awareness and eco-friendly business models are not only appealing to their customers, but are also beneficial to their bottom line. Dunkin’ Brands knows their franchisees are no exception. In 2012, the brand used its Corporate Social Responsibility Report to announce its commitment to using better…

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Targeting NLRB

In more news that will likely be welcomed by small businesses across the country, Senate Republicans also have an eye on the many radical changes being advocated by the National Labor Relations Board.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has filed a bill that seeks to ensure balance in the rulings of the NLRB by increasing the…

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Real Laws Are Changing Too

With the New Year arriving, so too are changes to laws in the states around the country, and these changes were actually passed by the states’ legislative bodies!  We reported to you last week that the minimum wage was increasing in some 21 states around the country as of January 1, 2015 and we think…

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Wait Til You See How Expensive It Is When It’s Free!

The state of Georgia not only believes that free has a value, it thinks free should be taxed as well.  Believe it or not, we’re advised by a number of franchise owners in Georgia that the Peach State is demanding tax payments on promotion items even when those items are given away at no charge! …

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Conversation with Franchisees Video

Six Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners discussed issues of importance during the 2014 National Conference. View clips from that conversation below.  Franchisee Conversation – Part 1 Franchisee Conversation – Part 2

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State Minimum Wages on the Ballot

Ballot measures mandating increases in the state minimum wage were approved in each of the four states where it was presented to the voters.  Alaska voters approved a new minimum wage of $9.75 by January, 2016.  Thereafter, the state wage will be adjusted based on inflation or be set $1 higher than the statutory federal…

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