OT Threshold to Rise Again?

In testimony last week before the House Education and Labor Committee, in response to a specific question from California Representative Mark Takano, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh asserted that the current minimum salary is definitely too low. He advised the committee that the Department of Labor (DOL) is currently reviewing the Final Overtime Rule currently in…

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Business Aid Program Launched

Notwithstanding constitutional and other issues with SBA programs designed to assist small businesses recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, some states are successfully launching assistance programs. New York is one example as the Cuomo administration announced the Small Business Pandemic Recovery Program last week and began accepting applications on June 10. The application process, which will…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

On Wednesday, June 23, DDIFO will sponsor our first in-person meeting since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020. The Northeast Regional Meeting will be held beginning at 11:30 AM at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Register now for “Protect Yourself and Your Dunkin’ in the New Normal” and learn the details of…

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Competitor News

With a strong base of 400 stores in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, Dutch Bros. confirmed this week that it is readying an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to take the company public. They have some company stores but are mostly franchised with drive-thrus. With sales per unit of $1.46 million, the brand’s forte is the…

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Massachusetts Clears Millionaire’s Tax

Despite the fact that tax receipts have been well above expectations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts legislature this week cleared the so-called Millionaires tax to appear on the state ballot in 2022. The measure, which required approval by two consecutive legislative sessions in order to advance, was passed Wednesday on a…

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Assembly Kills AB 257

In a final vote last week, California Assembly defeated the FastFood Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Act, as it became known. The legislation (AB.257) came within only 3 votes of clearing the Assembly and making its way to the Governor’s desk. With 41 votes required for passage, the final vote tally was 38…

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Northeast Regional In-Person Meeting

We are “all systems go!” and looking forward to getting back together with the franchisee at the June 23 Northeast Regional Meeting at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Register now for “Protect Yourself and Your Dunkin’ in the New Normal” and learn the details of the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave requirements in…

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Chicago Wage Theft & Illinois Sick Leave

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has filed a set of ordinances with the City Council, that would dramatically change the landscape for businesses within the Windy City. The Mayor’s package, which she has dubbed the “Chi Biz Strong Initiative”, defines a business as guilty of wage theft if it fails to timely pay a covered employee…

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Within a Couple Hours of O’Hare?

Did you know the Secure Choice Savings Program is changing? Were you aware of the changes to the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act?  How about the Mayor’s Chi Biz Strong Initiative? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you need to register for the Chicago Regional Meeting on June 16 at…

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Maine Working to End At-Will Employment

Efforts continue in the Maine legislature to eliminate the notion of at-will employment. Although it may be considered a long-shot, work sessions have continued around advancing L.D. 553, An Act to End At-will Employment. The proposal, which has been favorably voted on by the Committee on Labor and Housing (7-3 vote), would require the employer…

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