Former Cake Maker Gets Hands-on as a Dunkin’ Franchise Owner

Years before franchising entered Patty Babb’s mind, she started her mornings saying, “It’s time to make the donuts.” “I owned a mom and pop ice cream shop, and I’d say this to my daughter who was about 6 years old at the time because she’d come with me to my store and help me make ice…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

In just under one week, DDIFO will get its 2015 member meetings program underway with the Mid Atlantic District Meeting being held at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel next Thursday, February 12.  The meeting will begin with lunch at noon and will conclude at 3:00 PM.  The program, Navigating the Uncharted Waters of…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

With many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, we want to bring you as much up-to-date information as possible and will do precisely that at our Mid-Atlantic District meeting on Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.  The meeting will feature Attorney Pat McGovern, an…

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Member Meetings Begin Anew

The first of the 2015 DDIFO Member Meetings, the Mid-Atlantic District Meeting, has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  It is scheduled as a luncheon meeting, with networking opportunities beginning at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon and the meeting concluding at 3:00 PM.  We are finalizing…

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And At The State Level

Let’s take a break from federal headaches for the moment and look at some action at the state level. As Governor Chris Christie moves closer to a possible presidential bid, legislators in New Jersey are teeing up an extensive mandatory paid leave bill in Trenton that would require all employers to provide one hour paid…

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Andy Rod’s Dunkin’ Family

Running several Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Virginia isn’t just a job for Andy Rod. It’s about spreading the feeling of home and supporting family. Rod, who is 52, grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, where the Dunkin’ shops were a familiar sight. “We went to Dunkin’ all the time as a kid and I really…

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New Jersey Advances Mandatory Sick Leave

Assembly bill #2354 has been pending in the New Jersey Assembly since it was first introduced back in February of this year.  Early this week, the Assembly Budget Committee chose to advance the bill on a 6-4 vote with one member not voting and another abstaining.  If passed as currently drafted, A2354 would mandate that workers…

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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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NJ Pushing Paid Leave

Although there hasn’t been a noticeable groundswell of support for mandated paid sick leave in the NJ legislature, the Speaker of the NJ Assembly this week announced that the body will consider a statewide paid sick leave mandate when they return in September.  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto committed to bring the issue to the floor for a…

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