Assemblyman Huffman on California’s Fair Franchising Bill

Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) speaks with Don Sniegowski from Blue MauMau about the fair franchising bill he introduced a month ago to the state of California, AB 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. The bill was introduced to various committees of the assembly on Tuesday.

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California, Vermont and Massachusetts Introduce Fair Franchising Bills

It started with Rhode Island three years ago. That was supported by franchisee groups Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners and the Coalition of Franchise Associations. DDIFO last year helped introduce a bill in Massachusetts. That is up for vote this summer. To the industry’s surprise, the Massachusetts bill was copied over to Vermont by a franchisee. And now California has introduced assembly bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act.

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Department of Labor Restricts Employer-Directed Tip Distribution Even When Affected Employees Are Paid Above the Minimum Wage

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division issued important new directives to its field investigators.  These directives will impact employers who employ individuals who pool gratuities.  The Wage and Hour Division’s Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2012-2 rejects the ruling of a Federal appeals court and advises field staff that the department’s 2011…

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Dunkin Brands CMO John Costello Shares His Recipe For Growth

The man in charge of generating demand for the Dunkin’s brands is John Costello, GlobalChief Marketing and Innovation Officer. Costello was previously CMO of Home Depot, Sears and Pepsi. He started his career with Procter & Gamble, where I first met him almost 30 years ago, when he managed P&G’s shampoo business and I was his agency counterpart. Avi Dan writes at Forbes.com read more…

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DDIFO Along With the CFA are Listed Supporters of the Small Business Tax Cut Act

Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) along with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and other franchisee associations have all signed on to support The Small Business Tax Cut Act which was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The tax cut bill, if passed, would decrease small business owners’ taxable income and increase bottom lines. Specifically, The Small Business Tax Cut Act would allow franchise owners to deduct 20 percent of their income from taxes, up to 50 percent of their W-2 wages.

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Tim Horton’s Ruling may be a Cautionary Tale for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners

A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Horton’s may be cautionary tale for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. The case was brought by a group of Tim Horton’s franchise owners after they were forced to sell items at below cost and switch to more expensive pre-baked donuts from a supplier affiliated with the franchisor. Franchise attorney Eric H. Karp of the Boston firm Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan, LLP, closely followed this case and kept DDIFO apprised of its developments. After the decision was announced, DDIFO commissioned him to write a comprehensive summary of this ruling.

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Northeast Members Meeting Recounts Success, Looks to Future Challenges

DDIFO members from the Northeast region gathered on March 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts, to mark their successes and prepare for tomorrow as they networked with fellow franchisees and DDIFO Sponsors, heard from compelling speakers, and exchanged ideas and concerns. The theme for the DDIFO Spring Northeast Members Meeting—Where Do We Go from Here? Onward & Forward!—conveyed the accomplishments Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have achieved over the past few years as well as the constant eye franchisees and DDIFO keep on the road ahead.

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Dunkin owners to grant $110,000 to Rhode Island and SE Mass. students

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee group to award over 110 scholarships to Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts high school seniors Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are proud to help ease the financial burden of college tuition for local families, as they gear up to award more than 110 scholarships to college-bound high school…

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