Senate Confirms Emanuel For Full NLRB

For the first time in quite a while, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of Directors this week as fifth Director William Emanuel was confirmed early this week by the United States Senate on a party-line vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the 5-person Board a 3-2 republican majority for the…

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DOL Public OT Comments Top 165,000

Well, it underscores how important reconsideration of the Obama-era redefinition of the overtime exemption threshold is that reports indicate that over 165,000 organizations and individuals took advantage of the opportunity to respond to the DOL request for information on the subject. The comment period on the so-called white collar exemption had been opened back on…

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Change Is In the Air, Even at IRS

No, it’s not Tax Reform – yet – but the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed obscuring employee social security numbers on their W-2 form. Under the proposal, the first five digits would be obscured or replaced with a symbol, while the last four digits would remain clear. According to the IRS, the goal is…

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Connecticut Leader Joins National Conference Panel

We are thrilled to bring the “home-court advantage” to Connecticut for the DDIFO National Conference with the addition of Connecticut House minority leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby). Klarides, who has represented the 114th Connecticut district in the legislature since 1999, was selected just last week as one of the top 25 Women in Government Leadership by…

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Soda Tax Updates

We’ll start with the disappointing revenue numbers in Philadelphia generated by the City’s new soda tax for the month of August. The tax, which was projected to generate enough money to fund pre-K educational programs, community schools as well as rebuilding a number of the public facilities in the city missed its target again as…

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Coffee Connections

There usually isn’t enough coffee news to warrant its own discussion in Small Regular, but it seems this week might be the exception. You can stay up on the latest of the drama within the Tim Horton’s brand by checking out this article on Blue Mau Mau last week. It seems the Tim Horton brand…

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Star-Studded Line-up

With just one month to go, we thought it a good time to lay out the full agenda for the 2017 DDIFO National Conference on October 30 & 31 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut – it is one we’re very proud of: Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs; Rob Branca will…

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Congress, SBA Headline CFA Forum

The Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Lobby Day Forum is always a great opportunity for franchisees to make their voice heard in Washington DC, but this year, that seems especially true. The annual event, being held on October 25 & 26, will open with a Congressional Reception for which dozens of Congressmen and women have…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to welcome Katy Latimer, Dunkin’s new Vice President – Culinary Innovation and congratulate her on joining the Dunkin’ Donuts family. According to the release, Latimer comes from PepsiCo where for the past two decades she served in a number of positions including a long tenure as Vice President of Research & Development, Global…

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Franchisee Associations: Important and Necessary

When Qdoba franchise owners learned that Jack in the Box, owner of their fast-casual restaurant chain for the past 14 years, was thinking of selling, they banded together. “There’d been talk of forming an association for quite some time, and this was just the last motivator,” says Ron Stokes, chairman of the newly formed Qdoba…

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