Independent Joe #76 Dec 2022/Jan 2023

As part of our mission to communicate matters of importance to Dunkin’ franchise owners, we routinely include news about business regulations, trends and franchising in this magazine. With this final issue of 2022, we are offering information about several potential concerns we see brewing for the new year.

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Union Activity!

If past is prologue as the old saying goes, Dunkin’s franchisees should be in an advanced state of readiness on the union front with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) targeting some Dunkin’ shops in Connecticut. In their ongoing efforts to unionize QSRs and rest stop businesses in the Constitution State, SEIU members are protesting…

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Clean Slate Law Effective Next Week

Speaking of Connecticut, it’s new so-called Clean Slate Law was scheduled to become effective with the turn of the calendar on January 1, 2023, but earlier this month some of the provisions were delayed until later in 2023. Connecticut has long barred employers from using certain criminal convictions in hiring and promotion decisions, but this…

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New Year’s Day Triggers

It’s not only minimum wages (as we advised last week) and the Connecticut Clean Slate Law that become effective on January 1st this year, but rather a number of new laws in other states around the country. Small businesses are advised to be cognizant of the many law changes that come with the New Year,…

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Paid Family Medical Leave

More states are adopting Paid Family and Medical Leave programs, both mandatory and voluntary. The Oregon Family and Medical Leave Program takes effect on New Years Day and requires employers in the Beaver State to withhold and remit contributions to the program beginning as of that date. All employers regardless of the number of employees…

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Michigan Minimum at Appeals Court

Earlier this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over a Court of Claims decision rendered earlier this year that voided a legislative amendment to a 2018 ballot measure and reinstated the ballot measure. The ballot question mandated a $12 per hour minimum wage and phases out the current tip credit, so the…

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Bereavement Leave Mandated

Back in early September, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1949 into law, the state of California became the third state to mandate bereavement leave for workers. The provisions of AB 1949, effective on January 1, 2023 and applicable when a business employs 5 or more workers, were adopted as an amendment to the…

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Success on FAST Act Repeal Petition

Opponents of the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, known as the FAST Act, succeeded in their effort to put the question of repealing the FAST Act on the 2024 California ballot. The Save Local Restaurants coalition, consisting of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) along with the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise…

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COVID 2.0 Obligations

No, it’s not another pandemic, but these changes will still cost small business owners. Both Colorado and Oregon have expanded leave obligations for employers in the event of a public health emergency (PHE), which now can include RSV, the flu and other respiratory illnesses. The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act requires employers to provide…

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Predictive Scheduling on Tap

Small business can expect to see one of its worst nightmares come to fruition in Los Angeles as the City Council early this week gave unanimous final approval to the so-called Fair Work Week ordinance by a vote of 10-0. “Fair Work Week LA”, first introduced in 2019 and taking effect on April 1, 2023,…

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