Independent Joe #33 August/ September 2015

The National Conference provides DDIFO the opportunity to bring together many franchise owners from around the country and present them with information on a host of issues that threaten to impact Dunkin’ franchisees in every geographic region. Whether it’s the product mix in the southwest, J-BOD issues in the southeast, kitchen challenges in the Midwest…

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Setting the Stage at Caesars: An Unparalleled Las Vegas Icon

There’s no apostrophe in “Caesars Palace.” And the lack of punctuation speaks volumes about the world-class resort in Las Vegas which will host this year’s DDIFO National Conference on Sept. 21 and 22. Jay Sarno, the American entrepreneur who was the brains behind Caesars, believed that everyone should be emperor of Caesars for the day…

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On and Off Stage at the 2015 National Conference

Rob Branca Before his career as a Dunkin’ Donuts owner and franchise industry expert, Rob Branca practiced law at the firm of Lisa & Sousa in Providence, RI. He worked closely with many Dunkin’ franchisees, setting up their business entities and real estate transactions—all the while gaining valuable insight into how family businesses operate and…

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Two More Franchisees Join DDIFO Hall of Fame

In more than 60 years of serving coffee and snacks to hundreds of millions of customers, Dunkin’ Donuts has featured many great operators, visionaries and business leaders. Once again this year, DDIFO is proud to honor some of those who made significant contributions to help grow the brand. On Tuesday September 22, two franchise owners…

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Apples and Oranges: A Simple and Effective Approach for Comparing Interest Rates

As a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, you have no doubt realized there is no shortage of lenders who want your business—badly. As a lender to the community of Dunkin’ franchisees, I’m certain you are regularly contacted by companies like ours and presented with various offers—some more compelling than others. Because of Dunkin’s market strength, capital is…

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Mass. Supreme Court Clarifies Tip Pooling Law

The Massachusetts tip pooling law, which prevents managers from taking a cut of the tips left for servers, has been the subject of close scrutiny. Several franchise owners have been sued for allowing managers and supervisors to share the tips, and DDIFO has provided testimony for lawmakers explaining why the law is confusing and needs…

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NLRB Pushes Forward with Joint-Employer

Originally, the notion of recasting the definition of “joint-employer” was floated as an opinion from the office of NLRB General Counsel.  Subsequently, General Counsel Richard Griffin formally charged McDonald’s Corp as a joint-employer in a number of labor disputes stemming from New York.  Last week, the new definition was formally adopted by the five-member National…

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