Court Enjoins “Persuader Rule”

In a major defeat for the Department of Labor (DOL) and its organized labor allies, a U.S. District Court in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction on the DOL’s so-called “persuader rule”.  The injunction prevents DOL from implementing any and all aspects of the rule pending a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for…

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Labor & Lawmakers Sue Arizona

A number of sitting lawmakers joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 in filing suit against the state of Arizona this week challenging the validity of HB 2579, which restricts cities and counties from enacting legislation that mandates what employee benefits private employers must offer their employees.  HB. 2579 passed both branches and was…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Law Effective Today

The Vermont law mandating the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) becomes effective today.  The law, which originally passed back in 2014 and has since survived a number of legal and political challenges, requires that any food product that contains at least 75% bioengineered content have a label specifying that the product is…

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New Jersey Sends Wage Hike To Christie

On a party line vote of 21 -18, the New Jersey Senate last week followed the lead of the state Assembly and sent a new minimum wage bill to Governor Christie for his signature.  He is expected to veto the legislation as he has in the past.  The bill (S.15) will hike the state minimum…

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Maine Finalizes Minimum Wage Ballot Language

Last week, we told you that there was strong business community opposition to the wording of a ballot question in Maine relating raising the minimum wage.  In response, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap revisited the question and has now issued the final wording for the question as it will appear on the November ballot. …

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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NRN Top 100 Report

The Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) Top 100 Report for 2016 is out and it provides some additional information on Dunkin and its peers.  DDIFO restaurant analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group advised us that NRN estimated the per store DD sales (AUV) at $923,000 (2015 numbers), up 1.4% versus 2014 and + 2.6% against…

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Miscellaneous

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has released its Small Business Tax Index for 2016 a week or so ago with South Dakota, Nevada and Texas holding the top 3 spots for this year.  The index measures and ranks the tax systems for all 50 states as to their competitiveness for small business and entrepreneurs. …

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Happy Birthday, America!

As you gather together with friends and family over the July 4th holiday weekend, DDIFO wants to wish you all a Happy 4th!, and America, a Happy 240th birthday!  Enjoy it and be safe!!

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SCOTUS Agrees to Review NLRB Appointment

With the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia still vacant, it could be anybody’s guess where the majority breaks on this case, but the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has agreed to hear an appeal by the NLRB that their acting general counsel had been improperly nominated.  To refresh the issue…

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