IRS Closes REIT Tax Option

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has shut down the last legal option for businesses to spin off their real estate holdings into separate Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) for the tax benefits.  The REIT option carried tax-exempt status and thereby was often used as a tax avoidance vehicle by non-real estate companies.  In fact, it…

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Congress Positions for CRA on Overtime Rule

A full 44 Republican US Senators co-sponsored a resolution this week the calls for the formal disapproval of the Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption threshold.  The DOL overtime rule effectively doubles the former threshold of $23,660 to $47,476, below which all employees are automatically entitled to overtime pay.  The Congressional Review Act is a…

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Sugary Drink Phobia Spreads

First it was Michael Bloomberg and his fixation with banning retail stores from selling oversized sugary drinks in a single cup (customers would have been allowed to buy multiple small drinks, but apparently that’s another matter); then (where else?) the City of Berkeley, California became the first in the nation to assess an additional tax…

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California Carcinogens

In other news from the west coast, the California Proposition 65 law requires that businesses advise consumers about possible exposure to toxins listed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).  Last month, OEHHA added bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in plastics and the protective lining of cans, bottles and jar lids, to…

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NYC Taxes Shopping Bags, Senate Says No

Just three weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill assessing a $.05 fee on all shopping bags, whether paper or plastic, an ordinance that the new York Council passed early in May.  The ordinance, which interestingly exempts, among others, bags at state-regulated liquor stores as well as individuals buying groceries…

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Irony of Ironies

The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD) has found that the state agency charged with protecting the rights of those with disabilities, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, illegally discriminated against an individual with disabilities,  The hearing officer determined that the agency hadn’t made a “reasonable accommodation” for his dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities, ultimately…

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Competitor News

Starbucks has now teamed up with In-Bev to produce, bottle, distribute and market Teavana ready-to-drink (RTD) tea sometime in the first half of 2017.  According to the company, Anheuser-Busch parent In-Bev will handle production, bottling and distribution in the effort.  Reportedly, the RTD Tea market has enjoyed 16% growth over the past five years.

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2016 Hall of Fame Candidate Eligibility Criteria

Induction Eligibility Criteria Eligibility & Tenure The candidate must be or has been involved for 15 years or more with the Dunkin’ Donuts system.  For the purposes of DDIFO Hall of Fame eligibility, the system is defined as being a Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owner, an employee of a Franchise Owner, a Dunkin’ Brands employee, DCP…

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Court Puts Salt (Warning) Back on Table

Thanks to a decision last week by a New York court of appeals, the city’s new salt warning mandate is back in full force beginning on Monday, June 6, 2016.  The mandate, which applies to restaurants within New York City with at least 15 outlets nationwide, originally took effect in December, but its enforcement was…

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Caesars “Craps Out” with NLRB

It is a sure bet that under the current administration, the NLRB has no intention of taking its foot off the throat of non-union business.  If you need a recent example, we’d point you to its decision a few weeks ago against Caesar’s Entertainment (specifically, the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino, site of the 2014…

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