Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Minimum Wages Staying in the Forefront

It seems that the debate over increases to minimum wages around the country has been in the news now for longer than one can imagine, and that may very well be the case! The question of the minimum wage was first raised most recently by President Obama in his 2013 state of the union address…

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Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

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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Love, Marriage and Dunkin’

When Colleen Bailey walked into her local Dunkin’ in Rockland, Maine, she knew she would get donuts and coffee. She didn’t know she’d fall in love, get married and eventually own nine Dunkin shops of her own. “Ed owned the Dunkin’ and I lived right up the street from it. That’s how we met,” says…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Maine Governor to Delay Wage/OT Hikes

Increases to state minimum wages will be taking effect in a host of states across the country come the New Year, but Maine Governor Paul LePage has made it clear that his state Department of Labor will not begin enforcing the newly voter-approved minimum wage of $9.00 per hour until January 31.  The law, which…

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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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Federal OT Rule Stalled But State Rules Apply

As we know, the federal court in Texas has overturned the Department of Labor overtime rule doubling the federal overtime exemption to over $47,000 per year, but you may still be bound by a higher threshold.  Our friends at The Bennett Law Firm sent out a notice this week that could save franchisees in some…

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Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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Punishing Success

We told you over the past several issues about the successful ballot initiative in Maine to add a 3% surtax to incomes over $200,000, clearly a misnomer in that it is referred to as a “Millionaire’s tax”, but a new policy nonetheless.  Well, the city of Portland Oregon has gone Maine one better in its…

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