New Direct Deposit Rules in New York

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has been working on drafting final regulations for it over a year now, but it would appear the NYSDOL has finally settled on new rules governing what New York employers using direct deposit must and must not do with their employees.  Effective March 7, 2017, Empire State…

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Salary History Becoming the New Taboo

For the past few years, asking a job applicant if they had ever been convicted of a crime was frowned upon by the “beautiful people”.  Ultimately, a number of state and cities around the country “banned the box” and made it illegal to even ask an applicant if they had any criminal history before they…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re looking forward to welcoming many of our Dunkin’ franchisees, both member and non-members to the 2016 DDIFO National Conference this coming Monday.  The formal program will begin with an opening address by IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim speaking on Protecting the Franchise Business Model. After two days of excellent presentations, we’ll conclude the conference wih…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Yesterday, Dunkin’ had an orderly and well-spoken earnings call, but generally delivered disappointing news, lowering its revenue forecast for the 3rd time this year and toned down the US new store opens to the low end of the range (closer to 430 than 460).  US same store sales were +2%, due to higher ticket and…

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Miscellaneous

A few weeks back, the Japanese owner of 7-Eleven talked of increasing 7-Eleven units in the US, although without any specific timetable, from the current 8,500 stores to as many as 20,000 through the introduction of Japanese-style product development and services. He also spoke of improving the quality of goods sold at stores and hoping…

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OMB Approves Revised I-9

The federal Office of Management & Budget (OMB) has approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and it now is incumbent upon the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to publish a revised form with instructions by November 22, 2016.  In the meantime, employers should continue using the current version of the Form…

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Small Businesses Sue Credit Card Companies Over Chip

A lawsuit challenging the major credit card companies over requiring merchants to use new embedded chip technology has been allowed to move forward by San Francisco-based US District Court Judge William Alsup.  The action, initiated by four smaller grocery stores in California, Florida and New York, contends that VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover conspired…

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Tax Happy on a Global Level

As if it’s not enough of a burden to fight local, state & federal government efforts to endlessly increase taxes on consumers across the country, now the international community is putting in its two cents!  Recall that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg got the ball rolling with his 2012 proposal to ban outright…

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Maine Asking Voters to Punish Success

Besides what some see as a Hobson’s Choice in the presidential election next month, there are a number of states that will present specific initiatives to the voters ranging from tax policies to minimum wage hikes to legalizing marijuana and seemingly everything in between.  Voters in Maine are being asked essentially to punish success by…

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New Jersey Town Mandates Paid Sick Leave

The advocates haven’t been able to get mandatory sick leave enacted into law in New Jersey, in large measure because Governor Chris Christie has opposed the blanket benefit being foisted upon all businesses.  That fact just seems to embolden some however, and the town of Morristown is just the latest example.  The community’s Town Council…

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