California Back in the News As LA Votes to Hike Hotel Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles City Council this past week, on a 12 – 3 vote, took steps to dramatically increase the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour by 2017 for hotel workers in the City of Angels!  The specific proposal came about after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed gradually increasing the minimum wage for all…

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Cancer Warning Labels on Coffee?

With a more and more litigious society, this should not come as any kind of surprise, but it did.  It was reported this week that a California nonprofit group known as the Council on Education and Research on Toxins (CERT) has filed a lawsuit against Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks for not putting cancer warning labels…

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Still Awaiting Action on California Franchise Relations Act

 California Governor Jerry Brown has still not given any indication whether he will or will not sign the California Franchise Relations Act into law.  The bill was enacted by both branches and has been on the Governor’s desk for a number of weeks now.  He has until September 30 to take action on the legislation…

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California, Here We Come…

California’s great gold rush started in 1848. By 1855, some 300,000 came to the Golden State, hoping to strike it rich. Now, 159 years later, there is a new rush going on—this one for a share of the state’s giant coffee market. California is the nation’s most populated state—one out of eight people living in…

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Independent Joe: August/ September 2014

Those attending the Conference – where we’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an independent organization representing Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners – will also experience some cutting edge information with an outstanding program of presentations, the DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction, and an exceptional Exposition Hall with our sponsor/exhibitors providing the goods, services and products that…

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California Franchise Relations Still Waiting on Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown has not yet taken action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him a few weeks ago.  California law gives the Governor until September 30 to sign or veto the legislation, so there is still time for you to send him a letter encouraging him…

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California Franchise Relations Act Before Governor

California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown has yet to take action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him last Friday.  Under California law, the Governor generally has 12 days from the date of transmittal to sign legislation however, since he has it in his possession now when the legislature…

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California Senate Sends Fair Franchising To Governor!

Last night, by a vote of 23 – 9, the California State Senate approved SB 610, the California Fair Franchising bill, and sent it along to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  Again, this is a significant victory for the franchisee community nationally as it underscores the need for legislatures across the country to start…

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California Assembly Passes Fair Franchising!

Late yesterday afternoon, the California Assembly gave final approval to the California Fair Franchising legislation by a vote of 41 – 27!  This is a significant victory for the franchisee community across the country.  The win, coming in the face of significant resources being poured into its defeat by the IFA and other organizations reinforces the importance of continuing…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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