Missouri Minimum Wage Issues Continue

The pendulum has swung again in Kansas City, Missouri on the question of municipal minimum wages as KC voters this week overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to raise the city minimum wage, but the vote is only a symbolic one due to the state legislature having preempted local wage mandates. The specific Kansas City measure,…

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Scheduling Law Takes Hold in Oregon

Oregon became the first state in the nation to impose scheduling mandates and penalties on private retail, hospitality and food services employers when democratic Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 828 into law this week. The “Fair Workweek” law mandates that employers with more than 500 employees provide a “good faith estimate” of hours and…

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The Soda Can Con Continues

There was more info coming out this past week on the Philadelphia soda tax and the havoc it is reaping on the local economy in the City of Brotherly Love. The Tax Foundation released a detailed report one week ago on the Impact of the soda tax and how the tax was failing to achieve…

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CFA Commends NSAAA, Webinar Materials Available

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, of which DDIFO is a founding member, commended the North American Securities Administrators Association (NSAAA) for the seven new sections it added to Item 19 of the Franchise Disclosure Document to further help guide regulators and protect investors from false or misleading Financial Performance Recommendations. The changes should help small…

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DDIFO National Conference & IdeaXchange

As we get closer to the Labor Day holiday, so too is the DDIFO National Conference just around the corner. The 2017 event will be held at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on October 30 & 31 and you’ll want to register before early bird pricing ends. The event will kick off…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group advised us of the following this week: Dunkin store valuations surveyed declined just a bit in the first half of 2017 versus the 2015 peak recorded, but remain at very healthy levels historically, in the 5 to 6 times EBITDA range when stated on a…

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Miscellaneous

Elsewhere in this issue, we referenced a recent report by wallethub.com identifying the Best and Worst Run Cities across the nation. For those who didn’t read that far on Philadelphia, you may want to check out their results. Washington DC took 1st place as the worst of the lot, followed by Detroit, New York and…

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NLRB: One To Go

On Wednesday, the US Senate gave final confirmation to Marvin Kaplan, one of President Trump’s nominees to fill an open seat on the National Labor Relations Board. Kaplan, an attorney who has been serving as the Counsel for Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission since 2015 (he was appointed to the post by President Obama),…

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And Another Decision Overturned

It would seem that getting the full complement of NLRB Members in place and ridding it of Obama overreach may lighten the workload for the federal court system quite a bit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit earlier this week overturned another NLRB decision that came out of Portland, Oregon. The management…

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National Paid Leave Bill Filed

Legislation that effectively creates a voluntary national paid leave policy was introduced into both houses of Congress earlier this week. The legislation, entitled the Strong Families Act, would give a 25% tax credit to companies that offer between two and twelve weeks of paid leave to their employees. Filed by Republican Senator Deb Fischer (NE)…

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