Missouri Expands Leave, COVID Liability Provisions

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) into law earlier this summer with it becoming effective on August 28. On that date, Missouri joined a number of other states in extending unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. VESSA applies to all employers in Missouri with…

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Biden Vaccine Mandate

Last night from the White House, President Biden announced that through the US Department of Labor’s Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), he will be requiring that all American employers with 100 or more employees mandate that their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus or produce a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. In…

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State of the Industry

One of the many great presentations given at this week’s 20th Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference which concludes today in Las Vegas, was effectively a status report on the state of the franchising industry. Overall, the report by FranData CEO Darrell Johnson pointed to calm seas on the surface with much tumult churning below. As to…

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CFA Day Postponed To June 2022

The lingering apprehension of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the resilience of the delta variant has forced the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) to postpone its annual CFA Lobby Day in Washington DC until next year. As the corona virus continues to cause turmoil across the country, CFA could not get the necessary meetings scheduled…

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SBA Small Business Week

Hampered by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact that COVID fears have had on attendance at in-person meetings for most organizations, the Small Business Administration will host its annual Small Business Week Summit virtually again this year. The 2021 SBA Small Business Summit will take place from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM ET on September…

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Addressing Recruitment & Turnover Challenges in 2021 with Tapcheck!

From the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic, unemployment premium payments and competing with the “gig economy”, the quick service restaurant industry continues to face crucial labor shortages on top of high employee turnover rates. Owners and managers are seeking new ways to attract and retain staff through company culture and employee benefits. The rise…

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DDIFO National Conference

The DDIFO National Conference has been an annual event the Dunkin’ franchise owner community has always looked forward to and supported. From the opening cocktail reception to our business members’ sponsorships and exhibits, to the Annual DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction luncheon, the National Conference always seemed to be a highlight for all involved. After…

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Post-Pandemic Requirements for Buying and Selling Franchised Businesses

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the restaurant industry. By the beginning of Q4 2020, more than 1.4 million jobs in franchised businesses were lost and more than 32,000 franchised businesses had closed. Now, with states opening up and a gradual return to business as usual, we are cautiously approaching the light…

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SBA Expands Targeted EIDL Pool

The SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman has announced that the agency will expand eligibility for its $25 billion cash grant program to a host of additional businesses. SBA’s Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant program, which provides up to $10,000 to eligible businesses as well as its Supplemental Targeted Advance program ($5,000 follow-up grants) will…

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