COVID-19 Lawsuits on the Rise: 5 Steps To Minimize the Risks

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought small business numerous challenges. We can now add another to the list: Employees filing increasing numbers of COVID-19 related lawsuits. In fact, according to the Fisher Phillips Employment Litigation Tracker, as of November 1, COVID-19 related lawsuits have been filed against 950 employers. The highest number of lawsuits were filed…

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Improving Retention, Recruitment and Employee Wellness Through On-Demand Pay with Tapcheck

 The pandemic has forced you and other businesses across the United States to try and quickly adapt to the “new normal.” While layoffs and safety protocols were the initial concerns, the “new normal” presents different challenges in employee recruitment, retention and employee financial wellness. Alex Abid, Customer Success Manager for Tapcheck, Inc. will present…

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Independent Joe #64 October/November 2020

Smack in the middle of the COVID-challenged 2020 NFL season, Inspire Brands sealed the deal to acquire Dunkin’ Brands International for the phenomenal price of $11.3 billion. Congratulations to all the players on these two (soon to be one) teams. A new owner is taking over an established and successful franchised brand. What could possibly…

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Help Wanted: Must Have Four Legs and Wet Noses!

As job requirements go, these are unusual by most standards. Candidates must complete a rigorous six to 18 month-long training program, possess the skill and experience to spread joy wherever they go and, yes, have a wagging tail. That’s just some of what it takes to become a service dog for the Dunkin’ Joy in…

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QSRs Find Their Footing in Uncertain Times

The Dunkin’ shop on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville, N.C. is a microcosm of the impact COVID-19 has had on the chain restaurant business. The newly remodeled next-generation shop is near a cluster of quick serve and fast casual restaurants like Krispy Kreme, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Dominos, along with local barbeque, Chinese and Mexican take-out…

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Pandemic Puts Pressure on Urban Locations

On a typical weekday, any Dunkin’ in an urban setting would be bustling: walkers, commuters awaiting public transportation, tourists, and students would populate the register lines while the plan-ahead types would breeze in and out of the mobile pickup station. But since the COVID-19 pandemic first prompted shutdowns across the U.S. in March, urban franchisees…

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Lessons Learned: Virtual Connections Help Franchisees Thrive in 2020

Virtual learning has helped bring people together to learn, connect, and help business move forward during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It’s a key component for how Dunkin’ Brands has, during this unprecedented time, been able to uphold its motto: people over profits. “As a learning team, we take that seriously and have been working to…

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Back to School Means More Paid Leave for Employees

With fall upon us, employers should prepare for renewed requests for COVID-related paid leave due to school/childcare responsibilities. Many schools are re-opening as, or switching to, a remote curriculum or a hybrid model, mixing both remote and in-person learning. The result will leave parents scrambling to balance work and childcare needs and employers uncertain about…

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Independent Joe #63 August/September 2020

As job requirements go, these are unusual by most standards. Candidates must complete a rigorous six to 18 month-long training program, possess the skill and experience to spread joy wherever they go and, yes, have a wagging tail. That’s just some of what it takes to become a service dog for the Dunkin’ Joy in…

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