Franchisees Share Experiences at the DDIFO National Conference

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners who attended the 2015 National Conference came to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with different goals. For some, it was a chance to get away from day-to-day operations and focus on big-picture issues and answers. For others, it was an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, share stories and…

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Cadete and Petrosinelli honored as DDIFO Hall of Fame inductees

John Cadete and Guido Petrosinelli have each been involved with the Dunkin’ Donuts system for decades. Petrosinelli since the 1960s; Cadete since the ‘70s. Throughout their careers as Dunkin’ franchise owners, each has demonstrated a great commitment to hard work, sacrifice and the improvement of the Dunkin’ brand. On September 22 at Caesars Palace in…

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Turn to the DDIFO Member IdeaXchange

Gone are the days when franchise owners living in opposite corners of the country had to wait for an annual conference or meeting for a chance to share stories and swap solutions. With today’s technology, proximity is no longer a factor in making a professional connection, and soon all Dunkin’ Donut’s franchisees will enjoy the…

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Hurricanes Aren’t the Only Things Brewing in the Outer Banks

Some people will do just about anything to get their morning cup of Dunkin’ Donuts brew. Gregory Nigro opened his own shop. And not in an easy location: he opened his Dunkin’ in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a place known for being buffeted by hurricanes, nor’easters and other foul weather that can make…

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Employers Prevail in Medical Marijuana Case

Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously held that employers are still allowed to prohibit employee marijuana use and terminate employees who test positive for cannabis despite state law permitting its recreational and medicinal use. In Coats v Dish Network, the Court issued an employer-friendly opinion that could have wide-ranging implications for employers around the country.…

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Obama Now Pushing Federal “Ban The Box”

President Obama last week announced his push to secure passage of federal “Ban the Box” legislation, even going so far as to threaten to enact it by Executive Order if Congress doesn’t pass it.  “Ban the Box” prohibits employers from inquiring whether a job applicant has any kind of criminal record and has been enacted…

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“Underground” Regulations Proliferate

Enacting laws by Executive Order without Congressional approval seems to fall right in line with the lack of transparency and public scrutiny which the Obama administration is leaving as its legacy.  The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released a report recently in which they point to a dramatically rising tide of regulatory mandates, opinions…

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Increasing the Minimum Wage, At What Price?

Although all the media covered the strike for $15 an hour by fast food workers in major cities across the country, opponents of the increase rallied in opposition on Wednesday as well.  New York state is now the epicenter for much of the effort with Governor Andrew Cuomo being a major participant.  This week, Cuomo…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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New Jersey Member Meeting

DDIFO will host its final member meeting of 2015 on Thursday, December 15 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport.  The program will focus on the many dramatic changes in employment law in New Jersey and New York, with emphasis on the above-referenced New York fast food workers $15 an hour wage.  The program will feature…

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