Fair Franchising Advances

Earlier this week, the Senate Business & Professions Committee gave its approval to AB-525, the California Franchise Relations Act.  As we’ve told you in past issues, the bill has been refined further this legislative session to eliminate concerns that Governor Jerry Brown expressed last year when he vetoed the bill at the 11th hour.  His…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still In News

It seems to be a drumbeat that we’ve been hearing forever, but there were more minimum wage issues of which we took note this week.  Speaking of New York, the Governor Cuomo Wage Board, charged with increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers throughout the state, has yet to issue their final recommendation, but…

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Sick Leave Contagious

Similar to the spread of the minimum wage push, the notion of mandating that businesses offer paid sick leave to all employees continues to surface around the country.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts a few weeks ago finalized its regulations mandating up to 40 hours paid sick leave per year for all employees (of companies with…

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2015 National Conference

Registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference at Caesar’s Palace in the heart of the Las Vegas strip is now open and members are encouraged to register early to take advantage of our early bird registration discount, which will expire on July 31.  You can visit the DDIFO National Conference web page for more information…

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Happy 4th of July!!!

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this weekend, we thought this quote by Abraham Lincoln might still have some applicability for Americans in 2015: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  Food for thought, isn’t it??

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SCOTUS Upholds ACA & IRS Ends Reimbursements

Notwithstanding the big news in today’s papers that the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided in the King v. Burwell decision to uphold the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care Act, Internal Revenue Service rules next week officially end the transitional exemption from the excise penalty for a small employer (generally less than 50 employees or…

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FDA Bans Trans Fats

You knew it was coming anyway, now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized their plan to remove poly-hydrogenated oils (phos) or artificial trans fats from the list of ingredients on the Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) listing for use in human food products.   Commonly used phos have been on the GRAS list since…

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California Hearing Delayed Until Monday

The public hearing before the Business & Professions Committee in the California Senate on AB525, the California Franchise Act, was pushed off one week and the next hearing is now slated to take place on Monday, June 29.  It is believed that negotiations seeking compromises between opposing sides of the legislation prompted the one week…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

In the seemingly endless weekly drumbeat of minimum wage issues around the country, we see some quick movement in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.  The drive stems from a pending bill that ironically prohibits cities/towns from establishing their own minimum wage and from banning plastic bags.  HB722, which passed the…

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