DC Hears Universal Paid Leave Amendments

Although it passed and Mayor Muriel Bowser let it become law without her signature almost one year ago, the DC Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) was back before the body this week. The council Tuesday took testimony on 5 different proposals to amend the mandate in some shape, manner or form. Primary among the proposals…

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Montgomery Council To Delay $15 Minimum

Just outside DC, the Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee voted Monday to delay implementation of a minimum wage increase from the current $11.50 to $15 an hour. In January, the Council approved legislation that raised the hourly minimum to $15 minimum by 2020 for most businesses and by 2022 for businesses with…

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Weather Woes?

While the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was clearly evident in Texas and Florida, September US restaurant QSR sales improved a bit versus the trend. In the tracker (some DD units included), monthly US comp sales were up .3%, with average ticket up plus 2.3% and traffic down 2.0%. Sales improved the last two…

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2017 DDIFO National Conference Agenda

For nearly three decades, DDIFO has worked tirelessly to provide education, advocacy and communication for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, across the brand’s footprint. All year long we work to bring important information to you. This year more than ever before we have put together an incredible National Conference stuffed full of current and insightful topics and…

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Disaster Relief Signed Into Law

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Relief and Airport and Airway Expansion Act of 2017. Don’t let the airport references in the title fool you, the significance of this bill for small business owners is the relief it provides for those whose businesses were devastated by recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The…

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Joint-Employer Revision Advances in House

One committee in Congress also moved to address a ‘disaster’ of a different sort this week when it gave formal approval to H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. On a party-line vote of 23 – 17, the House Education and the Workforce Committee advances the bill, which narrows the extent to which certain businesses…

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NLRB Counsel Corrects Answer to SCOTUS

The author of the aforementioned expansion of the joint-employer definition, lame-duck NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin sent a letter to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week to clarify and correct “a series of inaccurate answers” he gave during oral arguments on Monday in the case of NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil. The issue in…

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SCOTUS to Hear Right to Work, Again

Speaking of the US Supreme Court, SCOTUS has announced that it will take up the case of Janus v AFSCME, dealing with right to work laws, and hear arguments in the case this term (likely next calendar year). At issue is whether or not public-sector workers can be forced to join the representing union or…

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Less Than One Month To Go

That’s right, the 2017 DDIFO National Conference on October 30 & 31 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is now less than one month away and you won’t want to miss the outstanding line–up of speakers we have waiting for you!! Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs will open the conference on…

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Treasury Targets Family Gift Rules

It’s not just the regulations and rulings of the Obama-era NLRB and Department of Labor that the Trump administration is looking to correct, as the Treasury Department this week released a report detailing the regulatory changes it will pursue. In an 11-page report entitled: Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens, the Treasury Department continued the…

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