What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie labeling, Minimum wage, Scheduling

It may seem hard these days for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners to catch a break, with everyone from the federal government down to the local city council taking aim at the quick service restaurant industry. But Dunkin’ and other franchise owners got a big reprieve recently when the Food and Drug Administration gave the boot…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Calorie Labeling

Pushing Pennsylvania Fair Franchising Last month DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan and Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Chairman Keith Miller were in Harrisburg to testify before a Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on House Bill #1620, better known as Fair Franchising. “HB 1620 will require that when terminating a franchising agreement – firing the…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Menu Madness

Brace yourself: An avalanche of minimum wage hikes, mandated sick leave laws and new menu labeling requirements is headed your way with the arrival of winter. Republicans may have taken control of Congress during the watershed November elections, but activists scored their victories in states and cities across the country, as well—especially in the area…

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Restaurant Labeling

One would think that the Affordable Care Act would deal with the costs of health care in America, but we know differently and we’re learning with each day exactly how wrong that premise is.  Deep within the 10,000 pages of the ACA is the calorie label clause, which mandates that each restaurant chain with over…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 23, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tip Pooling, Competitor News, Hiring Issues

More West Coast Movement on Fair Franchising – Although it is not yet over, good news continues to stream out of California on the Fair Franchising initiative.  This week, the California Assembly’s Committee on the Judiciary approved the bill on a 7-2 vote with one member absent and not voting.  The bill has now been sent to the Assembly’s Committee…

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Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act: New Menu Labeling Requirements

When it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, mandated that “restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations list calorie content information for standard menu items on restaurant menus and menu boards, including drive-through menu boards. Other nutrient information—total calories,…

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Calorie Postings Don’t Change Habits, Study Finds

Anemona Hartocollis reports in The New York Times that a study of New York City’s pioneering law on posting calories in restaurant chains suggests that when it comes to deciding what to order, people’s stomachs are more powerful than their brains.

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