Comments End on DOL Sick Leave

For those of you who may enjoy a business on federal land or otherwise have a federal contract of some sort, we remind you that the public comment period for the paid sick leave mandate on federal contractors, closes on Tuesday, April 12.  The DOL regulation mandates that covered employers provide paid sick leave at…

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Hillary Endorses Paid Sick Leave Mandate

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton endorsed mandatory paid sick leave for all employees across the nation.  Joining New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had just signed the New York paid leave mandate as part of the state budget, Clinton told a labor rally at the Javitts Convention Center on Monday that she would “proudly take…

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Minimum Wage Morality

The debate over minimum wages shows no sign of abating anytime soon as the push for endless increases spreads.  In both New York and California, the minimum wage increases we reported to you last week were signed into law by the respective governors, Andrew Cuomo in New York and Jerry Brown in California.  Incredibly, after…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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Congratulations!!

We were delighted to learn and are thrilled to congratulate longtime Dunkin’ franchisee and DDIFO leader Ed Wolak on his selection for the 2016 Single Brand Leadership Award given by Franchise Update Media/Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine at the 2016 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  Ed, with 93 Dunkin’ Donut franchises in Maine…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that its 2nd Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room would open in the Meatpacking District of New York City sometime in 2018.  Bigger than the first roastery that opened 2 years ago in Seattle, the New York location will encompass some 20,000 square feet of new retail space.  Notwithstanding that enforcement of…

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Condolences

We were very saddened to learn of the tragic death of Dunkin franchisees Franklin and Manuela Teixeira in a freak accident stemming from an April winter storm.  The couple, who owned two Dunkin’ stores just south of Boston, were killed when a tree uprooted as a result of snow and high winds and slammed down…

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SCOTUS Split Gives Unions Victory

With the untimely passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 6 weeks ago, court watchers immediately began speculating how his absence (and his unfilled seat) would impact a host of important cases pending before the court.  We got our first taste this week as the court announced a 4 – 4 split decision in Friedrichs…

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DOL Persuader Rule Challenged in Court

Speaking of federal courts, it seems the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas just became ground zero for the initial fight over the Department of Labor Union Persuader Rule, just finalized last week.  In response, a lawsuit was filed this week by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce…

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Comment Period on DOL Sick Leave Ends Soon

We remind our members and other subscribers that the public comment period for another egregious DOL regulation, the paid sick leave mandate on federal contractors, closes in 11 days.  DOL has mandated that all employers involved in a federal contract must provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour leave earned for every…

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