US House Kills “Death Tax”, Senate Agreement Unlikely

Well, some in Washington are at least trying to put more money back in the taxpayers’ pockets, but it’s not likely they’ll succeed in this particular effort.  The House voted last week to repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the “death tax” and currently pegged at 40% of inherited assets, by a vote…

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New FDA Rule Changing Retail Food Establishment Definition

Under the Food Safety and Modernization Act, the federal Food and Drug Administration is proposing to increase the number of establishments that would be exempted from registration requirements as Retail Food Establishments.  The proposed rule was published in the April 9 issue of the Federal Register and will be open to public comment until June…

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Presidential Politics And Dunkin’ Franchise Leaders

Every four years, many around the country have the opportunity to question those who want to be President.  Dunkin’ multi-state franchise owner John Motta had just such an opportunity last week in New Hampshire when he posed a question about harmful NLRB rulings to the latest announced candidate for the GOP nomination, Senator Marco Rubio…

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NLRB Now Attacks Right-To-Work

Speaking of the excesses of the National Labor Relations Board, the latest target of the federal agency run amok seems to be the 25 states that currently have Right-To-Work laws on their books.  Last week, the NLRB Board formally issued an invitation for briefs asking legal scholars around the country to present on the question…

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Tennessee Law Blocks “Joint-Employer”

Fortunately, a number of states are not letting the out-of-control NLRB get too far out of line within their state borders.  Two weeks ago today, Tennessee took the lead when Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (SB 0475 and HB 0757) clarifying that employees of franchisees cannot be considered employees of the franchisor for…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Rules Adopted

The state of Vermont is now that much closer to implementing their first in the nation GMO labeling requirements as the Attorney General adopted new regulations last week that will govern the labeling of GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) when the requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2015.  The rules dictate the label’s font size…

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California Fair Franchising Clears First Hurdle

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act which was vetoed last year by Governor Brown, was heard before the Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary and passed favorably on to the Committee on Business and Professions.  The bill still has a long way to go, but it was refined from last year’s version to address concerns the…

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Connecticut Advances “Employer Punishment Bill”

The admonition of Benjamin Franklin came to mind as the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee this week gave initial approval to HB 6791, an act that will require employers with 500 or more employees to pay a fine of $1/hour for each employee that is not paid at least $15/hour.  On a…

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Quebec Court Finds For Dunkin’ Franchisees

In a long-awaited decision, the Quebec Court of Appeals has found in favor of a group of 21 Dunkin’ franchisees in a suit that was initiated back in 2005.  The judgement by the appellate court affirms the lower court decision holding a franchisor responsible for maintaining the strength of the brand and supporting the brand’s…

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Dunkin’ Earnings

Dunkin’ Brands held their quarterly earnings call yesterday morning and John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, our expert Restaurant Analyst, reported for us on the call:  “Dunkin’ posted credible Q1 earnings results, beating both consensus Wall Street views of revenues and earnings ($.05 EPS beat).  The stock was up about 9% in the first…

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