Legalized Marijuana

With more states legalizing the use of marijuana, both medical and recreational, it is becoming more and more of an issue that small business owners need to brush up on. Colorado and Washington started the joint, errh, ball rolling, back in 2012 when voters authorized recreational use of the drug.  Since that time, 6 other…

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Next Wave In Ban The Box

One had to wonder where the progressive agenda would go next relative to hiring practices and why employers may choose not to hire a particular individual.  The “Ban the Box” effort that has been spreading like a disease over the past year or so was taken to another whole level by the city of Los…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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Independent Joe #40 Oct/Nov

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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Soda Taxes Go 4 For 4

Ballot initiatives to impose additional taxes on sugary drinks went undefeated on Election Day as four more local communities (3 in California) passed the initiatives.  San Francisco, along with Albany and Oakland all passed sugary drink taxes, mimicking the first-in-the-nation soda tax enshrined in Berkeley back in 2014.  These measures, each of which assess an…

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Gender Identity, East and West

New laws relating how an individual self-identifies from a gender perspective are now in place and worth noting on both the west and east coasts.  In California, under a new law signed two weeks ago by California Governor Jerry Brown, businesses that have single-user bathrooms must make those facilities gender-neutral.  Those “single-user facilities” are defined…

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Independent Joe #39 Sept/Oct

Tucked into the Connecticut woods, Foxwoods is the largest resort casino in the country. In short, there really is something for everyone. “The great thing about coming to Foxwoods is that you can bring your family and extend your stay,” says Guido Petrosinelli, a longtime franchisee from Rhode Island, and a member of the 2105…

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Breaking into the Bay Area

Progressive, friendly and laid back are some of the ways people describe the “San Francisco attitude.” But, laid back is not how the Bay Area has greeted the return of Dunkin’ Donuts after a 16 year absence. At one time, Dunkin’ Donuts had 15 stores scattered across California, but closed them all by 2000. The…

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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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Court Clears Suit vs. Restaurants’ ACA Surcharge

There was more bad news regarding the ACA this week out of California as a Los Angeles court allowed a price-fixing case to proceed against a number of restaurants.  The businesses decided back in 2014 to impose a 3% surcharge on meal prices to cover their increased costs under ObamaCare.  Last September, a class action…

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