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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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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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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Right to Unionize Adopted

Illinois will become the first state to ban “right to work” laws after voters approved the ballot measure constitutionally securing the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively. The Illinois Constitution allows for two methods by which an amendment can be added: be approved with 60% or greater margin, or collect more a simple…

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Election Results

We’ll let the major media talking heads comment on most of the big races and results across the country from Tuesday’s midterm elections while we highlight some of the issues and results that might be of greater concern to franchisees and other small business owners. That said, we note that once again, the results were…

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Ballot Questions: Election Post-Mortem

It was an even split on election day for questions on keeping a tipped wage as Portland Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot proposal to eliminate the tipped wage and hike the minimum within the city to $18 per hour. Question D, as the initiative was known went down to defeat by a 61-39% margin.…

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Money Issues: Election Post-Mortem

Some state ballots also had questions relating compensation and tax policy looming. In that regard, voters were apparently feeling generous. Initiative 433 on the Nebraska ballot was approved and provides for a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over the next three years. The measure passed easily with 62% of voters in…

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Ballot Board Approves Wage Petition

Advocates of increasing the Ohio minimum wage refined and then resubmitted their petition to be put on the Ohio ballot. Raise the Wage Ohio had initially submitted the petition to increase the state minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in 2025 and then incrementally through 2028 at which point it would be $15 per hour.…

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Michigan Minimum and Tipped Wages

It seems the closer the midterm elections get, the more “business-friendly” some elected officials become. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a prime and recent example. It seems Governor Whitmer, who has long been a proponent of increasing minimum wages in the Wolverine State, is now urging caution over reinstating a $12 minimum wage. The Michigan…

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