Communicating on COVID-19

With information on the COVID-19 crisis changing on an almost constant basis, DDIFO is committed to bringing you as much valuable information and insight as possible to help you and your business through these unprecedented challenging times. At the same time, we know you’re getting emails and updates from a host of other sources and…

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Interactive Conference Call on Coronavirus Response Act

All Dunkin’ franchisees will want to register to participate in a Coalition of Franchisee Associations interactive conference call at 2:00 PM ET today, March 20. The conference call, entitled “What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Franchisees”, will be led by Glenn Spencer, senior vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employment…

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CFA Webinar Next Monday

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations will also host two important and exceedingly timely webinars focused on challenges from the coronavirus crisis. First off, next Monday, March 23 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time, attorney Nate Riordan, founder of West Coast Franchise Law, will present “Emergency Advice for Your Business During the Pandemic from a…

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CFA Webinar on Tuesday

And then on Tuesday, March 24, CFA will host another important webinar to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic and what it means for the franchise workplace. Don’t miss Fisher Philips attorneys Hagood Tighe and Andria Ryan, both employment law experts who also spoke at the CFA Legal Symposium, presenting “COVID-19: Workplace Guidance for…

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McConnell Files Coronavirus Phase #3

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last night filed a third economic stimulus bill in an ongoing effort to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the American economy. The legislation, which has the support of the White House, provides for the direct payment of $1200 to all Americans earning less than…

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Various States of Emergency

As of this writing, COVID-19 has caused 48 of the 50 United States to declare public emergencies at the state level to some degree or another. Only Oklahoma and West Virginia have yet to make such a declaration. In each of the states, the public emergency declaration gives the governments additional tools, flexibility and power…

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The Taxman Cometh, But Not Right Away

In the face of the many emergency declarations by federal as well as state governments, many are pushing off their tax filing deadlines. Starting at the federal level, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced earlier this week that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would suspend penalties and interest for up to 90 days on income…

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Jobless Claims Beginning to Spike

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the nation the inevitable jump in unemployment claims is seemingly now beginning in earnest. According to the weekly initial unemployment claims data from the Department of Labor, seasonally-adjusted initial claims were some 70,000 higher for the week ending March 14 than they were in the prior week. Total initial…

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Restaurant Suspensions

Four more states ordered restaurant operations suspended or limited to take-out or delivery only yesterday. Alabama, Alaska, New Mexico and Texas joined 29 other states across all regions of the country plus the District of Columbia in prohibiting dine-in service at restaurants within those states. They can remain open only for take-out and delivery services…

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Miscellaneous

We want to acknowledge and thank CFA Executive Director Misty Chally for the great job she did representing franchisee associations on the Stuart Varney Show on Fox Business television earlier this week. Misty was interviewed about the needs of the franchising industry in these chaotic times of COVID-19. Congrats, Misty and thank you!  We also…

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