Gender Identity, East and West

New laws relating how an individual self-identifies from a gender perspective are now in place and worth noting on both the west and east coasts.  In California, under a new law signed two weeks ago by California Governor Jerry Brown, businesses that have single-user bathrooms must make those facilities gender-neutral.  Those “single-user facilities” are defined…

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At long last, Man Bites Dog!

Writing these stories each week about government overreach and the many more restrictions being placed on businesses across the country, it is refreshing when we can report on something going the other way.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filing suit against Brownsville, Texas is just such a story.  The republican AG filed in state District…

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DDIFO National Conference

In just ten days’ time, we’ll gavel the 2016 DDIFO National Conference into session at Foxwoods Resort & Casino, and all Dunkin’ franchise owners will want to be there.  We’ve got a great program lined up with IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim getting it started on Monday October 24 with his opening keynote address (Protecting the…

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Miscellaneous

We noted this week that the country’s largest employer, Wal-Mart announced that it was raising the salaries of all of its managers in order to comply with the new overtime threshold ($47,476 up from $23,660) mandated by the Department of Labor (DOL). Interesting, we also noted that the retail giant is also cutting 7,000 jobs! …

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2016 DDIFO National Conference Promises the Wonder of it All

Pack your bags, make your plans, and get ready to experience “The Wonder of it All,” at the 2016 DDIFO National Conference, happening October 24-25 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The conference will convene franchisees from around the country in the place where Dunkin’ Donuts got its start: New England. The past three…

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Feds Issue New Rules on Prepaid Debit Cards

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week announced new rules governing the prepaid debit card industry.  The new rules require debit card issuers to provide their users with basic account information (such as balances & transaction history) free of charge.  Further, they are now required to disclose the fees associated with the cards and…

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FDA Has New Definition of Healthy

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised and updated its definition of healthy as relates the nutritional contents of packaged foods.  In a guidance issued last week, the agency seeks to first reconcile the parameters of “healthy” with its own new Nutrition Facts Panel rule that was adopted in May. The new definition…

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US Deficit Heading to $590 Billion!

When you consider the costs associated with the prior paragraph, is it any wonder why the US government is so deeply in debt? In a report just released last month, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) projects that the Budget Deficit for 2016 will reach an astounding $590 billion, a full third larger than it was…

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House Passes DOL OT Delay, Senate Next

Last week in a flurry of legislative activity, the US House formally passed H.R. 6094, which would delay implementation of the new overtime threshold by six months, on a largely party-line vote of 246 -177.  The DOL’s new overtime rule more than doubles the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 and is scheduled to take effect…

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New Jersey Pols File to Ban Salary History

Two New Jersey state senators have filed legislation that would ban New Jersey employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants.  Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Nia Gill a few weeks ago, filed S. 2536, which would also prohibit an employer from taking reprisals against an employee for disclosing to other…

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