From ObamaCare to Universal Retirement

It’s been over six years since the 2700-page Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was rammed down the throats of Americans (over 60% of whom were opposed to its passage), so what to do for an encore?  President Obama now wants to mandate that small business next provide retirement plans for all employees – full and part-time. …

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IFA Appeals Seattle Discrimination to SCOTUS

The International Franchise Association (IFA), which filed suit in 2014 against the City of Seattle after it passed a $15 minimum wage law that discriminates against the franchise business model, has appealed the dismissal of the case, subsequently upheld by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court of the United States…

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Airports and Minimum Wages

Speaking of Seattle and minimum wage, you will recall that the city of Sea-Tac in Washington state, encompassing the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was the first in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum.  Not to be outdone, two Massachusetts legislators think airport workers need special protection and have filed bills (SD 2307 / H 3923)…

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GMO Issue Resurfaces

We haven’t heard much of it lately, but the GMO labeling issue is still very much alive in a number of states.  The state of Maine adopted GMO labeling back in 2014, however the law included two distinct and important caveats – a delayed effective date and an automatic repeal provision. Currently, GMO labeling requirements…

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DDIFO Member Meetings

We will begin our series of member meetings for 2016 next month with our first meeting scheduled for February 24 at the Tampa Airport Marriott, followed by our Northeast Regional meeting the following week on March 1.  We’re still finalizing the program content for both, but are excited about adding some new twists to our…

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ServSafe Food Safety Certification

Dunkin’ Brands corporate wants all operators to have a Food Safety Certified Managers and it is beneficial for you to do so.  For franchisees and key staff attending the March 1 Regional Meeting, DDIFO is offering the ServSafe Manager Online Exam prior to the meeting at a significant savings.  Dunkin’ Brands ServSafe National Account Manager,…

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CFA Day Forum

And while we’re talking about your schedule, be sure to plan on attending the 2016 CFA Day Forum March 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC.  Here are 3 simple reasons why you should: The stakes are high. Never before have there been so many anti-business regulations threatening your livelihood. As the saying goes, if…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s reported their Q4 2015 and full year earnings earlier this week and both US and worldwide same store sales were much stronger than anyone expected, setting off an endless wave of speculation that “McDonald’s was back”.  However, our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, explained that all day breakfast offerings were…

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DOL Issues New Guidance on Joint-Employer

The Department of Labor this week released a new interpretation on the joint employer issue that franchisees need to be aware of.  David Weil, Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the individual most responsible for the application of joint employer as it relates wage and overtime protections released the guidance and then…

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States Look to Restrict Joint-Employer

One approach to clarifying the issue and clearing up any confusion it may have caused is legislation at the individual state level that unmistakably defines who is and is not a joint employer.  As we’ve advised in past issues, 3 states (Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas) had passed into law clarifying legislation that effectively exempts franchising…

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