Building Community Bonds One Cup at a Time

There is that joke about cops and donut shops that every police officer and every donut shop owner has heard. But, the humorous connotation about cops stopping in for a beverage and snack never stuck with New York franchisee Roy Clark. A partner in the Wolak Group of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Central New York,…

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Protection from Winds of Uncertainty

We’re reading a lot about SEIU of late and the “Fight for $15” effort the union is orchestrating across the country. If you ask me, it’s nothing more than a member recruitment undertaking, but it is having significant impact across the economic landscape. The ranks of organized labor in general, and SEIU in particular, have…

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What’s Brewing: Bill of Rights, Paid Sick Leave, Fair Franchising

The challenges just keep on coming on for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners. First there was the wave of minimum-wage hikes across the country, which have raised the cost of doing business in several major cities. Now franchise owners are facing growing demands to provide paid sick leave and give their employees as…

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Maine Governor Pushes Pro-Business Agenda

For most of this year, Maine’s pro-business governor has been trading legislative barbs with activists pushing an array of new mandates that would do everything from boost workers’ pay to determine how shifts get scheduled. Gov. Paul LePage is championing a state ban that would stop cities and towns from passing their own minimum wage…

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Navigating Sign Regulations

In today’s competitive, quick-service retail environment, the strength and visibility of a brand image is more important than ever. Signage utilizes the power of visual communications to build the bottom time and keep the image fresh. An eye-catching sign not only attracts new business, it also strengthens brand confidence for new and existing customers. When…

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How Fair is Dunkin’s Dispute Resolution Clause?

Imagine an apple fritter filled with cream and grape jelly and covered with mixed sprinkles. That’s a good analogy for Dunkin’ Brands’ dispute resolution clause in your franchise agreement – a mish-mash. Before delving into the specifics of Dunkin’s clause, here’s some background on dispute resolution clauses. Unless a different procedure is spelled out in…

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National Food Labeling Passes Committee

Earlier this week, the House Committee on Agriculture approved HR 1599, legislation establishing a uniform standard for the labeling of food and beverage products containing bioengineered ingredients.  The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), is designed to preclude individual states from passing labeling legislation that…

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Congress Dictating Work Schedules

Don’t worry that ISIS continues their terrorist killing sprees or that Iran may be able to pursue a nuclear weapon in another 8 years, 80 members of Congress are targeting the real threat to our nation – unstable work schedules for low income workers!  Led by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray (WA) and Chris Murphy…

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Agreement Moves California Franchise Relations Act

An agreement reached this week between franchisees, represented by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA), on behalf of the franchisor community, has smoothed out the road for AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act, to be sent to the Governor for his approval this year.  In the wake of…

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Colorado Roundtable on NLRB Excesses

Through the efforts of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, which was begun in the wake of the egregious NLRB joint-employer ruling, we a grassroots roundtable is scheduled for next Monday afternoon, July 2,0 on the importance of preserving the joint employer standard with Jorge Delgado, State Director for first-term Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. …

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