Massachusetts Court Questions Millionaire Tax

In oral arguments before the state Supreme Court this week, a number of the justices raised some pointed questions about the constitutionality of the ballot proposal. As approved for the 2018 ballot, the Massachusetts “millionaire tax” would add a 4 percent tax on earnings over $1 million and incorporate that ‘surcharge’ into the state constitution.…

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Miscellaneous

Entrepreneur Magazine released its 39th annual Franchise 500 list and we can proudly report that Dunkin’ Donuts continues to enjoy recognition as one of the country’s best franchises, coming in at #3 on the list. For the first time in almost 20 years, McDonalds topped the ticket, edging out 7-Eleven, which has owned the #1…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands had both its Q4 earnings and 2018 Investor day events this week and what emerged is a company in deep repositioning mode. Dunkin opened eyes to reveal pretty meek 2018 DD same store sales estimates (plus 1 percent for the year, Q1 was said to be “choppy”) and decreased the DD 2018 open…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

The annual Northeast Regional Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham Massachusetts. Members should keep an eye out for the final agenda and complete program content coming out in the next week. Plan now to attend!!

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NLRB Extends Comment Period, Court Remands Workplace Rules

NLRB continues to make headlines under the more business-friendly Trump administration. This week, the agency extended the deadline for public comments to be submitted on the ambush or so-called “quickie” election until March 19, 2018. Back in 2015 under the Obama administration, NLRB ordered a significant reduction in the time required for a union representation…

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EEO-1 Filing Now Open

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Employer Information Report (EEO-1) for 2017, required of all employers with 100 or more employees, is now available for companies to log into on the agency website. The EEO-1 must be completed and filed by March 31 with employment data collected during a payroll period in October, November or…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Right to Work, The Next Level

Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would decertify public service unions whose dues-paying membership falls below 50%. Exempting unions that represent police officers, prison guards and firefighter, the bill (HB25) would cover all other public employee unions. The bill is considered a long shot to become law, especially in the…

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Soda Tax Stories

The soda tax, one of the more recent schemes to extract money from the public is headed for two court appearances, one in California and the other in Pennsylvania, while the Philadelphia tax generated over $13 million less than projected for the year. At the end of the calendar year, the city of Philadelphia actually…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

The annual Northeast Regional Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham Massachusetts. The complete program is being finalized now and will begin at 11AM and conclude at 3:00 PM at the latest. So plan now to attend and watch for more details coming out over the…

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