DDIFO Does its Job

Ask any Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner who was in the system ten years ago about the level of trust that existed between franchisee and franchisor, and he or she will have a story to tell. At that time, Dunkin’ Brands had more lawsuits pending against its franchisees than any other quick service restaurant system. And,…

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Hall of Fame Committee to Select 2016 Inductees

Fall will be here before you know it and, once again, DDIFO will recognize the pioneers and visionaries who helped build Dunkin’ Donuts into the powerhouse brand it is today. The 2016 Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Gala will be held on October 25 in conjunction with the DDIFO National Conference (October 24 &…

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Dunkin’ Donuts tests “Ready-to-Go” Kiosks: Experts say Grab-and-Go options appeal to busy consumers

Ever since it started offering deli-like sandwiches to its customers in 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts has been in a constant state of change—searching for the right meat-cheese-and-egg combos to boost breakfast sales and provide all-day companions to its growing roster of beverages. Now, with snacks representing approximately 60 percent of sales, Dunkin’ Brands is trying out…

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A Commitment to Family Spawns a Second Career for Florida Franchisee

Alex Fernandez thought he had retired. After almost 30 years with AIG, the international insurance and financial services firm, Fernandez was ready to try a life of golf and relaxation. Then a family crisis intervened and Fernandez found himself back in the world of work, in a different country and a different business entirely. And…

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New Federal Rules Mandate Overtime Pay for More Employees Congressional Challenge Unlikely to Delay Rules

Last month the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (US DOL) issued its much anticipated final regulations that substantially increase the minimum salary required to qualify for exemption to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). An effort by Republican congressional lawmakers to challenge the rule…

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Independent Joe #38 June/July

Ever since it started offering deli-like sandwiches to its customers in 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts has been in a constant state of change—searching for the right meat-cheese-and-egg combos to boost breakfast sales and provide all-day companions to its growing roster of beverages. Now, with snacks representing approximately 60 percent of sales, Dunkin’ Brands is trying out…

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GMO Labeling Passes Congress

It has languished for quite some time since the state of Vermont passed what was effectively the first mandatory GMO labeling law in the country back in 2014, but a federal voluntary version has finally been approved by Congress.  The Senate passed the bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow bill on a 63-30 vote last week and sent the…

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NLRB Rulings Further Squeeze Business

One week, two NLRB rulings = more trouble for businesses!  The National Labor Relations Board this week continued what could arguably be called its war on small business with two distinct rulings from the agency.  The issue in the first stems from the In-N-Out Burger practice of including “Merry Christmas” buttons on their workers’ uniforms…

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EEOC Revises Pay Data Reporting Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revised its pending rules on pay data reporting requirements for companies with over 100 employees.  EEOC had initially published a proposed new reporting rule back at the beginning of the year, but in light of issues raised at public hearings and through the public comment period (Feb. 1…

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