Speaking of the ban of polystyrene

A number of towns in Maine have banned the cup as well and this week, a newspaper in Maine reported on the paper cup replacement that Dunkin’ has developed for those communities where Dunkin’s iconic foam cup is banned.  The Kennebec Journal story is here.

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Employer Mandate Delayed, But Health Exchanges Start October 1

Although sighs of relief were heard when the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, members should remember that the mandated state (or federally) run Health Exchanges are still required to be available come October 1, 2013.  The state of Maine just this week released a comparison of small…

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The 40 Hour Work Week

Wouldn’t have thought the notion of a 40-hour work week would be particularly newsworthy, but this past week, the issue was front and center in the weekly Republican Radio Address as US Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) said that because of Obamacare and the implications of the 30-hour work week threshold, many workers would…

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Fair Franchising Down Under

Members will recall that we’ve reported regularly on efforts to win passage of Fair Franchising legislation in Maine, Massachusetts and California over the past few weeks. (California’s next action is a hearing on August 13 before the Committee on Business and Consumer Protection.)  Well, while our opponents continue the chorus that legislation is not necessary,…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 8th, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tax Reform, Swipe Fees

Inequities in Franchise Relationship Are A Global Issue – Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve reported on efforts to enact “fair franchising” legislation in Maine, California and Massachusetts.  Notwithstanding arguments by the IFA and others that infusing a more equitable balance into the franchise relationship would be devastating, the “land down under” now weighs…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 10th, 2013: Fair Franchising, New I-9 Forms, Hall of Fame

Fair Franchising – Maine franchisees from a broad array of companies testified in support of the Small Business Investment Protection Act this week before the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee of the Maine Legislature.  The bill is an outstanding fair franchising piece of legislation that enjoys much support in the Maine Franchisee community…

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Dunkin’ Donuts donates $100K to Boston Marathon fund

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today that it has donated $100,000 to The One Fund Boston to support families of those impacted by Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. The fund was announced this week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Additionally, Boston-area Dunkin’ franchisees have been and will continue to support emergency workers in…

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Program Aims to Help Children of Active-Duty Servicemen

The Warwick Beacon this week reported that Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees kicked off the second annual fundraiser for Operation Tribute, a non-profit organization that helps provide gifts to children of active-duty servicemen and -women. Now through Dec. 2, customers at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass. who donate $1 to Operation Tribute…

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