A Night to Remember: Joy in Childhood Foundation

This past holiday season, the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrated #GivingTuesday in a big way, announcing $2 million in grants to 150 nonprofit groups that bring joy to children battling hunger or illness. Earlier in November, the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter held its second annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, featuring…

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Buyer Beware: Avoiding the pitfalls of successor liability when purchasing a network

Over the last decade, our firm has represented hundreds of Dunkin’ franchisees who have expanded their networks through the purchase of existing restaurants. The vast majority of these acquisitions are transacted as purchases of tangible (e.g. furniture, fixtures, and equipment) and intangible (e.g. telephone numbers) assets, as opposed to the purchase of the stock or…

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Trump Resubmits Nominees to Senate

President Donald Trump re-submitted a host of nominations for a number of labor and other positions to the Senate this week. Many of the nominees were caught in a standoff between the White House and democratic senators over pending nominations: essentially, where the republican Senate majority did not confirm a number of democratic nominees, then…

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Joint Employer Comment Deadline Extended

It is apparently the deadline that never is, but the January 14 deadline for new public comments on the joint employer rule was extended again last Friday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Under the terms of this latest extension, new public comments must be received by January 28, 2019 and responses to new…

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States Looking at Minimum Wages, Both Ways

The minimum wage issue continues to be debated in a number of state houses across the country, with several looking to roll back new mandates. In Arkansas, republican state senator Bob Ballinger filed legislation to partially undo a ballot initiative passed by the state voters in November. Senate Bill 115 would exempt anyone under the…

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The Impact of Minimum Wage Hikes

It has long been a subject for debate whether an increase in the minimum wage has a negative impact on local economies, but in response to 43 state and local minimum wage hikes over the past several years compiled by the Employment Policies Institute, business owners from across the country have reported that they have…

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Paid Family Leave at the Forefront

New York’s Junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential test pool this week with her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee. More importantly to small business interests, in her late night TV show announcement, she highlighted paid family leave among a host of…

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Cuomo Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

At the New York state level, the news was more favorable of late as Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill expanding the state paid leave mandates. The expansion, which was passed by the legislature back in the summer, would have expanded the availability of employee paid family leave to include bereavement for family members. Back…

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Save These 2019 Dates

It’s never too early to plan, and in that vein, we wanted to get these dates out to you as soon as we could. Mark your calendars now for the DDIFO National Conference, October 28-29 at the Foxwoods Casino and Hotel in Connecticut. The National Conference, last year held in New Orleans, is a program…

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