ACA Reporting Deadlines

Considering how the Trump administration, the then-republican controlled Congress and the courts pecked away at mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (a.k.a. ObamaCare), it’s easy to forget that there are still obligations under the ACA with which employers must comply. In that vein, ACA reporting deadlines under the federal law for Applicable Large Employers…

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DOL Officially Withdraws OSHA ETS

After having the OSHA ETS rejected by the SCOTUS last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced that it was officially withdrawing its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would have required that all employers with 100 or more employees require either their vaccination or a weekly negative COVID test. It also formally published…

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Employer Plans Pay for COVID Tests

Notwithstanding the fanfare with which DOL announced the ETS and its subsequent withdrawal (as detailed above), there was very little notice made about a new joint guidance issued by DOL along with the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury requiring employer health plans – whether fully insured or self-insured – to cover…

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DOL Revamping Overtime Threshold

Although we do not have specifics at this point in time, our information from the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and others active in the Nation’s Capital is that work is well underway within the Department of Labor to increase the overtime threshold, the so-called white-collar exemption. You will recall that under President Obama, the…

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Federal Contractor Wage Rising

For those who may operate Dunkin’ stores on federal property, associated labor costs will be rising again with the implementation of a federal employee and contractor minimum wage increase to $15 per hour no later than Sunday, January 30, 2022.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released guidance last week directing all government agencies to…

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Crunch Time For California AB257

The Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, or the so-called FAST Act, filed one year ago by then Assemblywoman and now-labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, must be pass the Assembly by Monday, January 31 or it will be dead for the current session. Although there’s hope the bill will not be approved, the reality is…

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Dunkin’ Departures

We noted there is ’life after Dunkin’ for a couple of Dunkin’ veterans, as a limited exodus continues from Canton. First off, Dunkin’ Legal Counsel David Mann left the company last month to become an Angel Investor with Launchpad Venture Group LLC, an investment network funding early-stage companies. In his LinkedIn message, Mann explained that…

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Competitor News

McDonalds reported Q4 and full year 2021 earnings yesterday. While absolute sales and profit levels were higher in 2021 versus 2020, both sales and earnings missed analyst’s projections in Q4. Both food and labor costs have become a very difficult problem and McD is forecasting food and paper costs in the “high single digit to…

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On the Lighter Side

The GoLocal news organization for Providence RI ran a small piece this week in which it proudly cited a study released by Clever Real Estate of the Best (and Worst) Coffee Cities in America. Providence, not far from the Dunkin’ headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts, was proud of coming in as the 5th best coffee city…

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An Update on the CFA PAC

Last week, we made a pitch here in Small Regular No Sugar! for you to support the great work of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) by making a contribution to the CFA PAC. Unfortunately, we did not link to the correct site for you to complete the CFA PAC Pledge Form, so we’ve fixed…

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