Independent Joe Magazine – August 2013

The 2013 National Conference and Hall of Fame Awards Gala is shaping up as DDIFO’s best ever as the independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners meets to explore business issues and examine relevant regulatory and legal trends. Franchisees will be buzzing about higher payroll taxes, soda bans, and paid sick leave.

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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National Conference in Atlantic City: Why it Matters

It’s been called “The World’s Playground,” “Queen of the Resorts,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Monopoly City.” Atlantic City, the iconic seaside resort and undisputed gaming capital of the east coast, is world famous for its magnificent boardwalk, glitzy casinos and storied entertainers that headline this national showplace. But “AC” is indeed “Always Turned On” in other…

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The Boardwalk: A Fabled History and a World-Class Destination

Greetings from Atlantic City!” It’s said that one of the first picture postcards in America was a color view of this fabled seaside resort. In those days, sending a missive from Atlantic City was an enviable coup that boasted of cavorting in the sand, strolling the magnificent boardwalk, and even watching diving horses or human…

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Conference Keynote Speaker: Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor

Kim Guadagno is not just the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor in the state of New Jersey; she is also the first lieutenant governor since the Colonial Era. Originally from Iowa, Guadagno earned a reputation as a corruption fighter during her years as a United States Attorney, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Director…

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Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference

DDIFO continues to add exciting components to our lineup for the 2013 National Conference.  This week we confirmed that New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will address DDIFO attendees on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 AM.  Lt. Governor Guardano also serves the Garden State as its Secretary of State and leads the Christie administration’s efforts to revive economic…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 24th – Lt. Gov. Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference, Taxes, Hall of Fame Nominees, DBI Earnings

Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference – DDIFO continues to add exciting components to our lineup for the 2013 National Conference.  This week we confirmed that New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will address DDIFO attendees on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 AM.  Lt. Governor Guardano also serves the Garden State as its Secretary of State and leads…

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Class Actions and Sales Tax cases

As we comb the courts for examples of cases involving franchising, restaurants and labor law, we try to home in on those that could impact Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. In this issue of Independent Joe, we want to bring you up to date on a series of cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 14th, 2013 – Franchisee/Franchisor Roles, Criminal Background Checks, Charity Events, Market Conditions

New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisee/Franchisor Roles – Earlier this week,Delaware Governor Jake Markell signed into law, HB55, legislation that establishes that the franchisee and franchisor relationship is actually one where the franchisee is considered an independent contractor!  The proposal passed both branches of the Delaware legislature unanimously and is similar to a bill that was passed into law in Georgia last…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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