Tale of Two Governments

There seems to be quite a contrast in how business is viewed between the federal government versus that of a number of states around the country.  Those of us who watched or listened to President Obama’s State of the Union address this week heard what many are describing as a “Robin Hood plan” plan of…

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Retail Worker Bill of Rights Takes Effect

An issue about which we advised you about a number of weeks back has come full circle out on the West Coast as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights has been allowed to take effect in the City by the Bay without the Mayor’s signature.  San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee took no action on the…

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Member Meetings Begin Anew

The first of the 2015 DDIFO Member Meetings, the Mid-Atlantic District Meeting, has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  It is scheduled as a luncheon meeting, with networking opportunities beginning at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon and the meeting concluding at 3:00 PM.  We are finalizing…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

One of the unique aspects of the CFA Day Forum is the ability to go to Capitol Hill and actually meet with your elected officials in Washington, DC.  With a new Congress in place, it is especially important to educate them on the effects that certain laws and regulations have on franchisees.  We must help…

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Multi-Unit Franchising Conference

As we advised you last week, DD franchise owner Rob Branca is serving as the 2015 Chairman of the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, to be held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas from April 8 through April 10.  Those of you interested in attending should register for the conference itself at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference registration…

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More DDIFO Benefits Coming

We continue work on expanding the benefits that accrue to our members and expect to be adding two additional membership benefits soon.  In that context, we would remind DD franchise owners that we have reached agreement with SIB Fixed Cost Reduction to bring you their unique money saving services.  SIB will contact DDIFO members soon,…

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ICRX Conference Notes

Last week, the ICR XChange, one of the largest investment conferences of the year, was held in Orlando with Dunkin’ Brands very much in attendance.  Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis along with CFO Paul Carbone presented in one session and held two breakout sessions.  Among some of the more interesting notes from their participation are…

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Competitor News

We spotted a number of notes on competitors over the past few weeks that we thought might be interesting.  Tim Horton’s launched a new Healthy Options Initiative involving nutritional value of various menu items posted on two distinct websites, one for their US stores and another for their Canadian stores.  On the sites, customers can…

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Federal Court Strikes “Joint-employer”

It may not have been the McDonalds case that brought the issue to the forefront and it may not be a direct challenge to the new NLRB definition, but a federal District Court has dismissed a “joint-employer” argument in a case involving franchisor Massage Envy. In the case of Vann v Massage Envy Franchising LLC,…

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Obama Now Pushing Paid Family Leave

President Obama yesterday announced that he will push Congress to enact a bill mandating paid sick leave for all American workers. According to a LinkedIn post by top Obama aide Valerie Jarret, the administration is filing the Healthy Americans Act, which would require all businesses in the nation employing at least 15 people to provide…

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