Unions Can Accompany OSHA During Inspections – CML Alert

We advised you of this issue in the March 28, 2014 Small Regular No Sugar when it first came to our attention, but it is important enough where we wanted to revisit it.  Our friends at Sesco Management Consulting have issued another advisory on an interpretation letter published by the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA)…

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Extension Sought on FDA Sanitary Transportation Rule Comment Period – CML Alert

Various US food and agricultural organizations have formally requested that the Food and Drug Administration extend the comment period until August 29, 2014 on its proposed rule regarding sanitary transportation of human food.  The present comment period on the rule, published in the Federal Register earlier this year, ends May 31, 2014.  The summary of…

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Grocery Manufacturers Association To Sue Vermont over GMO Bill

In what is no surprise to anyone who has watched the advancement of legislation in the Green Mountain state that mandates special labelling of all foodstuffs where any component contains a genetically modified organism, the Grocers Manufacturers Association announced plans recently to initiate litigation in federal court challenging the validity of the nation’s first such…

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Competitor News: Panera Bread Will Replace Cashiers

Perhaps looking to get ahead of the onslaught of minimum wage increases that are being kicked around in state houses and city and town halls across the country, Panera Breads recently confirmed to USA Today that by 2016, all cashiers in the company’s 1800 stores around the country will be replaced with kiosks!  Ironically, Panera…

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Dunkin’ Adds New Director to Board

Dunkin Brands Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis this week announced the appointment of Pepperidge Farms President Irene Chang Britt to the Dunkin’ Brands Board of Directors. According to the DBI press release, Ms. Chang Britt, 51, has held leadership positions with several of the foremost brands in the food service and consumer packaged goods industry. …

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More Details on the Stalled Tax Extender Bill in the US Senate

As we reported before, the Senate last week defeated an effort to quickly advance to the floor the Tax Extender bill, which would restore a number of tax credits and provisions that would benefit small businesses.   The initiative by the Senate’s Democratic leadership was shot down on a party line basis by the Republican minority,…

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URGENT – WE NEED YOUR INPUT

I realize as much as the next one that we often don’t like to take the time to complete surveys, but it is VERY IMPORTANT, NO – URGENT that you take the few minutes necessary to complete this brief 12 question survey.  We thank those of you who have already completed it, but we want…

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Most Importantly, Your Future Business Needs

We’ve got many important subjects to apprise you of this week, but none are more important than your future needs as a Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owner and what you’d like DDIFO to provide.  Toward that end, DDIFO will be sending out a short survey this coming week in preparation for our strategic planning meeting being…

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Weil Confirmed as Director of Wage and Hour Division

In what is an egregious appointment for franchise owners and small businessmen and women throughout the country, Boston University business school professor David Weil was confirmed by the US Senate on April 28 as the Administrator of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  Confirmed by a straight party line vote, Weil officially…

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More Protests For $15/hour Expected Next Week

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on a plan by SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to push another wage strike by fast food workers next week across the country.  In another article, it is reported that McDonald’s workers in up to 150 cities across the US are planning a strike for this Thursday and…

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