Cook County Approves Paid Sick Leave

The Chicago suburbs followed the path of the Windy City this week with the formal approval of mandatory paid sick leave for private employees by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  Almost identical to the Chicago version of paid sick leave passed back in June, the Cook County law provides that all employees who work…

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National Biz Groups File Alternative To DC Paid Leave

Concerned about the economic impact that passage of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (currently pending in the DC Council) would have, a number of national business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital have submitted an alternative to the DC Council for their consideration.  The Employer Mandate plan put forth by the business coalition…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re only three weeks away from the 2016 DDIFO National Conference, (October 24 – 25) at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  Those of you planning to attend and enjoy the conference along with the induction of Duke Carvalho and Nick Apostoleres into the DDIFO Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening should be sure…

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Miscellaneous

We’ve all been keeping a close eye on unionizing efforts across the fast food industry, so we took note a few weeks ago when it was reported that workers at Winnipeg Taco Bell and KFC shops had formally unionized, becoming the first QSRs to unionize in all of Canada.  Krispy Kreme CFO Price Cooper left…

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Don’t blame unintended consequences

Why is it that so often a mandate is issued from on high, but when the inevitable unintended consequences come to pass, there is shock and dismay at the unfavorable results? In a prior life, I was an advocate/lobbyist for rental housing owners in Massachusetts. At that time, political powers had put strict rent controls…

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What’s Brewing: Wage Hikes, Sodium Police, Sick Leave,

It’s been one long, hot summer for Dunkin’ franchise owners and others in the quick service business, and we are not just talking about the temperature. A tight labor market has combined with a wave of minimum wage hikes across the country to ramp up the pressure on franchisees across the country. And in a…

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A Changing Perception?

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new TV ad featuring the world’s fastest flying woman, Ellen Brennan, using a mobile ordering app then soaring from an 8,300 foot mountain peak to pick up her sandwich, is exhilarating to say the least. Dunkin’ wanted to make the point that its new On-The-Go mobile ordering feature is fast—and it did. And,…

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Independent Joe #39 Sept/Oct

Tucked into the Connecticut woods, Foxwoods is the largest resort casino in the country. In short, there really is something for everyone. “The great thing about coming to Foxwoods is that you can bring your family and extend your stay,” says Guido Petrosinelli, a longtime franchisee from Rhode Island, and a member of the 2105…

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Breaking into the Bay Area

Progressive, friendly and laid back are some of the ways people describe the “San Francisco attitude.” But, laid back is not how the Bay Area has greeted the return of Dunkin’ Donuts after a 16 year absence. At one time, Dunkin’ Donuts had 15 stores scattered across California, but closed them all by 2000. The…

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Missouri Franchisee is Accustomed to the Ups and Downs of Business

When you’ve spent most of your professional career in the roller coaster world of theme parks, becoming a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise operator hardly seems like the next logical step. But for Cory Roebuck – who toiled for 17 years managing amusement parks and attractions up and down the coast of California before ending up in…

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