Now Less Than One Month Away

We’re now inside one month until the 2014 DDIFO National Conference in Las Vegas and we’re excited about the depth and breadth of the programs we’ve got in store for attendees.  Our room block minimums have been reached at the Rio Hotel and Casino, although you may still be able to get a room there…

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Class Action Brought Against Dunkin’ Franchisee in Pittsburgh

As if these stories are all somehow related, class action lawsuits against Home Depot are one thing, but yesterday, we learned of a proposed class action suit filed in Pennsylvania federal court last week alleging that a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee incorrectly categorized several assistant managers as overtime-exempt employees.  The proposed class, consisting of at least…

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Data Breach Hits Jimmy John’s

Just when maybe you thought it might be safe to not worry about data breaches, we have to report yet another – this time hitting a franchise business. Jimmy Johns Sandwich chain had at least 216 of their locations compromised when hackers attacked the chain’s computer systems.  At the risk of “beating a dead horse”,…

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Franchise Relations Act Down To The Wire

Speaking of next Wednesday, that’s when we will know whether the California Franchise Relations Act (SB 610) has been signed into law, allowed to become law without the signature of Governor Jerry Brown, or vetoed by him.  You will recall the legislature passed the bill in the latter part of August and the Governor has…

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California Back in the News As LA Votes to Hike Hotel Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles City Council this past week, on a 12 – 3 vote, took steps to dramatically increase the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour by 2017 for hotel workers in the City of Angels!  The specific proposal came about after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed gradually increasing the minimum wage for all…

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US Treasury Restricts Tax Inversions

While the Burger King acquisition of Tim Horton’s a few weeks ago caught many unaware, seemingly none more so than the United States Treasury Department.  A few weeks after BK acquired Tim’s and undertook a tax inversion that will save the company significant money in tax liability, the Treasury has promulgated new rules that make…

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Cancer Warning Labels on Coffee?

With a more and more litigious society, this should not come as any kind of surprise, but it did.  It was reported this week that a California nonprofit group known as the Council on Education and Research on Toxins (CERT) has filed a lawsuit against Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks for not putting cancer warning labels…

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Home Depot Scoreboard Hits $62 Million

It is now estimated that the data breach at Home Depot discovered earlier this month will end up costing the home improvement giant as much as $62 million!  The company this week reported they had identified the malware responsible for the breech and that the personal information of some 56 million customers had been compromised.  Sadly,…

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Still Awaiting Action on California Franchise Relations Act

 California Governor Jerry Brown has still not given any indication whether he will or will not sign the California Franchise Relations Act into law.  The bill was enacted by both branches and has been on the Governor’s desk for a number of weeks now.  He has until September 30 to take action on the legislation…

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