CFA Lobby Day Forum –

Don’t forget to register for the CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  CFA has so far confirmed two great speakers for the event, Congressman Mike Kelly (R – PA -03) along with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).  Rep Kelly, a primary sponsor of the 15-year…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands reported Q4 2014 results yesterday with US comparable store sales growth of 1.4% and increased revenue of 5.5%.  Reporting 141 net new opens in the US, Dunkin’ stated earnings of $.46 per share, but thereby disappointed Wall Street, missing their expectation of $.47 per share.  Last week, Paul Carbone updated the investment community…

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Competitor News

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz landed on the cover of Time Magazine in this month’s edition with a story headlined “What Starbucks Knows About America”.  Also, in an agreement with the Seattle company, Delta Airlines began serving Starbucks coffee this month on all of their flights worldwide.  Georgia-based Chick-fill-A has apparently jumped into the free coffee…

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Lawsuit Effort to Expand “Joint-Employer”

We’re all following the NLRB push to include franchisors as “joint employers” so as to ease unionizing efforts, but now comes a new fight to expand that definition.  Last week, 10 former employees of a Virginia McDonald’s restaurant filed a civil rights suit alleging racial harassment and discrimination against the franchisee, but the lawsuit also…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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More on Minimum Wage

In the same vein, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be pushing to increase the (recently increased) minimum wage for New York City to $11.50 and the rest of the state to $10.50/hour by the end of next year.  The minimum in New York was just raised in 2013 from $7.25 to $8.75 and will…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

With many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, we want to bring you as much up-to-date information as possible and will do precisely that at our Mid-Atlantic District meeting on Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.  The meeting will feature Attorney Pat McGovern, an…

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Upcoming Member Meetings

Members will also want to mark their calendars for the next two member meetings on the schedule – the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel and the Northeast Regional meeting on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  Agendas…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

We also want to remind our subscribers that the CFA Day Forum will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  This annual event is an exceptional opportunity for franchise owners from around the country to meet with and educate members of Congress on their concerns as…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We were pleased to see that Dunkin’ was ranked as the 6th best food and restaurant franchises in the country according to QSRweb.com in their January 2015 rankings.  We also noted a great story last week on Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the state of Maine committing to raise $250,000 over a three year period…

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