Sodium Next New York City Target

The New York City Board of Health has approved a proposal that will require labeling of certain foods on restaurant menus where the sodium content exceeds the recommended daily limit of salt (about a teaspoon).  In another prime example of ‘nanny state run amok’, Board members said that even though many restaurant companies post sodium…

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California Fair Franchise Legislation

We are now waiting for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the California Franchise Relations Act, which passed both branches of the California legislature on unanimous votes, into law.  Although we hope he will sign it, we also encourage California franchise owners to contact the Governor’s office and urge him to do so.

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Only 10 Days Until National Conference!

The 2015 DDIFO National Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is just a bit over one week away and those of you who’ve yet to register should do so right away.  There’s a great line-up of panel discussions, speakers, presentations and social opportunities over the two-day conference that you don’t want to miss.  The…

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Competitor News

Caribou Coffee is being co-branded with Einstein Bros. Bagles beginning with the opening of a new co-branded store in Colorado Springs on Wednesday.  Both entities are owned by private-equity firm Joh. A. Benckiser Group.  The German conglomerate plans to open 20 of the newly co-branded stores this year split with half being conversions and the…

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We’ve Moved!

We remind you that DDIFO moved into new office space on September 1.  Our phone numbers remain the same.  Please make a note of our new office address: DDIFO, Inc., 2 First Ave, Suite 127-3, Peabody, MA 01960

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DOL Refuses OT Comment Extension

Notwithstanding pleas from business interests around the country as well as the Advocacy Office of the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor has denied requests for extension of the public comment period.  As a result of the Department of Labor’s intransigence, all public comment on the Wage & Hour Division proposal to more than…

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Still More Anti-business Labor Regulations

As if the egregious doubling of the “white collar exemption” weren’t enough, Obama’s Department of Labor has proposed another new regulation that is very friendly to organized labor at the expense of business.  Although QSRs will likely not be directly impacted, a new regulation proposed by the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory…

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California Fair Franchising on Governor’s Desk

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act has again reached Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature, only this time we would expect him to sign it!  The legislation, which restores some semblance of balance to the franchise relationship, was approved unanimously by both the state senate and the assembly on final votes of 37-0…

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Minimum Wage News Around the Country

The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law. …

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New York City Sugary Drink Ban Coming Back?

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be long gone from Gracie Mansion, but some of his wacky policies just won’t go away.  Recall that the former mayor passed a ban on the sale of sugary drinks of 16 ounces or more at certain, but not all, establishments back in 2012.  The ordinance was challenged in the…

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