Massachusetts “No-Tipping” Policy Legal

We were delighted with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a week ago affirming that franchise owners have to right to decide whether to allow tipping in their stores.  Meshna v Scrivanos was decided in favor of the franchise owner after the case was taken from the appellate court docket for direct review…

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Portland Campaign in Stereo!

Aside from the “Fight for 15” protests held this week and referenced above, we have two other locales to advise you of minimum wage initiatives.  On the west coast, a public hearing was held earlier this week in the Oregon State Capital on 10 bills pending in the legislature that would increase the minimum wage…

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Richmond Meeting

We strongly encourage our members in the mid-Atlantic region to consider attending the DDIFO Member Meeting next Tuesday, April 21 at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel Richmond Airport.  We are thrilled to have Franklin Coley, Campaign Director for the Center for A New Economy and Attorney Douglas Duerr, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm…

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New York AG Targets “On-Call” Shifts

It would seem that the next call to arms against the business community will be about insufficient notice of being called in to work.  Our readers may recall that earlier this year, we reported on San Francisco passing a Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which among other provisions penalizes employers for not giving employees a…

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Pennsylvania Looks To Go In Different Direction

It’s a long way from becoming law, but we’re glad to be able to report that the Pennsylvania Senate is at least considering the needs of small business as relates unnecessarily increasing labor costs.  We noted this week that the senate on a vote of 37 – 12 passed a bill that would overturn a…

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California Fair Franchising Up For Hearing

The California legislature is prepared to again move forward with franchise relations legislation that will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship in the Golden State.  AB 525, filed jointly by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, is scheduled for a hearing next week in the state capitol in…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s franchise owners are not a happy lot of late and they currently have the worst business outlook in over a decade according to the latest survey by Janney Capital Markets.  The regular franchisee surveys, done to coincide with the company’s quarterly earnings report next week, survey 32 operators of 215 restaurants around the country. …

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Scrivanos Wins at Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court!

DDIFO amicus brief was right on the money! Back in January, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state, took up on direct appellate review the no tipping issues presented in the case of Meshna v Scrivanos. DDIFO acted quickly and in concert with the attorney for DD franchisee and plaintiff,…

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“Ambush Election Rules” Take Effect Tuesday

Next Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the new NLRB rules governing union election procedures within private companies takes effect and it behooves all business owners, franchise or not, to be fully aware of them and prepared for the possibility of unionizing efforts.  The so-called “ambush” or “quickie” election rules dramatically reduces the amount of time between…

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IRS Plans One Million Audits in 2015

Americans’ 2015 tax returns are due in to the Internal Revenue Service next Wednesday, April 15, so it seems timely to advise that the IRS earlier this month announced that they plan to undertake 1 million audits of tax returns.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the announcement in a speech to the National Press Club…

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