SBA Expands Its Menu of Assistance

Perhaps its other programs have been overshadowed by the popularity of the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program, but the Small Business Administration is now offering an expanded menu of help for small businesses. When Congress approved an additional $284 billion for PPP loans in December, it also expanded the benefits…

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DOL Delays New Tip Pooling Rule

Call it the “Final Rule” that isn’t, as the Department of Labor has now delayed the implementation of its Final Rule on tip pooling under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Tip Regulations Final Rule was just finalized in late December and was set to become effective on March 1, 2021. However, in one…

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Competing Minimum Wage Proposals

With the Biden administration and Congressional leadership continuing to push to more than double the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15 per hour, a different approach is expected to be introduced next week in the US Senate. Republican Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are planning to propose legislation next week that…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

While that political theater is playing out on Capitol Hill, the issue of a federal minimum wage hike continues to play out in different ways across the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its report on the Raise the Wage Act, which is one of the vehicles in Congress that would mandate…

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Pay Equity Bill Refiled in Congress

The federal Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in Congress for the current session, while another half-dozen state legislatures are considering similar mandates within their state borders. The federal legislation, filed by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, requires more transparency by companies regarding worker compensation and would also ban employers from asking applicants about their salary…

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Boston Café Wins Rent Reprieve in Court

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has ruled that a London-based Caffe Nero chain café cannot be forced to backpay rent for the months during the early days of the pandemic when they were shut down by a state mandate. Judge Kenneth Salinger ruled that the café, which closed permanently in October, was still legally bound…

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CFA In The News

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) continues its work on behalf of franchise owners from an array of different brands across the country under the leadership of Dunkin’ franchisee and CFA Chairman John Motta. Over the past few weeks, an Op-Ed co-authored by Motta along with Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators…

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Consumer Trends

According to the latest Survey of Consumers produced by the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment for early February dropped by nearly three whole points to 76.2, the lowest reading since August of last year and down more than 20 points from February of 2020 – which was just before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S.…

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Miscellaneous

It was reported a number of weeks ago, but Dunkin’ is still rockin’ it when it comes to the top franchises in the nation. The annual ranking of the top 500 Franchises in the country, from Entrepreneur Magazine, had Dunkin’ locked in at #2, trailing only Taco Bell. Only one other traditional QSR came in…

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Inspire Building Atlanta ‘Ghost Kitchen’

Notwithstanding ongoing development of the Coffee Café Bakery, a $10 million highly automated centralized manufacturing location (CML) in the greater Atlanta area, Inspire Brands is apparently moving forward with development of Alliance Kitchen, a $2.6 million “ghost” kitchen being built in Atlanta. Most noteworthy in this development is perhaps the fact that The Coffee Café…

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