McDonalds Franchisee survey

Janney Capital Markets McDonalds Franchisee survey was released this week highlighting some interesting facts and statistics from under the Golden Arches.  Same-store sales grew slightly (up 0.6%) in March and April when looked at collectively, although the increase was largely driven by restaurants in McDonald’s East division, (up 1.3 percent which offset flat same-store sales…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Illinois

Illinois franchisees will want to mark their calendars for the May 14 DDIFO meeting, to be held at the Westin OHare Hotel in Rosemont.  Employment law experts from the noted Chicago firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson will be presenting on Illinois’ concealed carry laws, medical marijuana, wage and hour and a host…

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Update: 2014 National Conference In Las Vegas

We remind all Dunkin’ franchise owners that DDIFO’s 25th Anniversary National Conference will be held at the beautiful Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22.  As we are in the process of putting the formal program together, we welcome your ideas, suggestions and questions.  Your input will ensure that…

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US House Approves 40 Hour Work Week As Full-Time

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives took the first steps toward re-establishing 40 hours as the standard threshold to determine fulltime employment when by a roll call vote of 248 – 179, they passed HR 2575, the Save American Workers Act of 2014.  Simply put, the bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, as amended by…

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New Jersey Issues Still In Play

Maine has a relatively short legislative session, formally ending it over the next month or two, but not so New Jersey.  As we advised you in last week’s Small Regular, the State Assembly recently advanced A-2354, the Paid Sick Leave Bill, which will require all businesses – regardless of size – to provide between five…

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Hawaii Fair Franchising “Deferred” in Senate

House Bill 2041, the initiative of the past several months in Hawaii to mandate that franchise disputes initiating in the Aloha State would have to be adjudicated in Hawaiian Courts has been deferred by the Hawaiian State Senate, meaning that the bill is dead for this year. The bill would have voided the use of…

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Massachusetts House Increases Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts House earlier this week passed its own version of a minimum wage increase. The House’s bill increases the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.00 to $10.50 over the next two years!  The bill, believe it or not, is preferable to an earlier version passed by the Senate that would increase the minimum to $11/hour…

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Connecticut Raises Minimum Wage, Again!

Notwithstanding that it had recently increased the minimum wage across the Nutmeg State, thereby keeping it the highest minimum wage in the nation, Connecticut didn’t think that was good enough when President Obama visited Central Connecticut State University a few weeks back.  Seems the President no sooner left when the legislature passed another increase in…

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Maine Fair Franchising Passes House But Dies in Senate

The good news is that a significant effort to restore some balance to the Franchisor/Franchisee relationship paid dividends when the Maine House of Representatives voted to adopt Minority Report “B” on Monday of this week, thereby endorsing our fair franchising legislation!  The other shoe dropped however, on Wednesday when the Maine State Senate killed the initiative by…

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Congratulations to JCM Franchise Development

DDIFO offers its sincere congratulations to longtime supporters and sponsors Dan Connelly at JCM Franchise Development, a division of Joyal Capital and Attorney David Paris of Paris Ackerman & Schmierer LLP on their being named DealMakers of the Year by the Franchise Times.  The two individuals and their firms were just honored with formal presentation of…

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