“Joint Employer” Subject of Senate Hearing

The US Senate took a major first step into the “joint employer” debate last week when it held a hearing on the NLRB efforts to dramatically expand the longtime definition.  The hearing was held by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  Earlier this year, Senator Alexander, along…

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Coalition Created To Preserve Existing Definition

On the subject of the “joint employer” issue, a host of national business groups have joined forces to create the “Coalition to Save Local Businesses”.  The coalition was announced this week in Washington, DC. and is comprised of  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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Table For 2 At The Food Truck??

A bill has been filed in the North Carolina legislature that will allow food trucks operating in the state to offer seating to their customers.  The legislation, filed in the NC General Assembly by state Senator Jerry Tillman, allows a food stand to provide tables and chairs for customers without obtaining a restaurant permit.  We…

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Tough Sledding For Bangor Minimum Wage Increase

Last week, we reported on local legislation filed by Bangor Maine city councilor Joe Balducci to increase the minimum wage within the capital city of Maine to $8.25 by 2016 then jumping to $9.75 by 2018.  This week, however, we’re happy to report that there doesn’t seem to be much support for the proposal among…

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Florida District Meeting

In just two weeks, DDIFO will welcome our southeast members to the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act its application for Dunkin’ franchise owners.  The program will feature nationally renowned franchise attorney Robert…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

Plans are well under way for Northeast Regional meeting to be held on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon will be one of the day’s presenters and we’re finalizing the rest of the program now.  Registration for the Northeast Regional Meeting is also…

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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 this week confirmed another top speaker for the closing luncheon on Capital Hill.  Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) will join Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in addressing the franchisees in attendance.  Senator Fischer…

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Multi-Unit Franchising Conference & DDIFO Discount

The 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas April 8 – 10.  DDIFO leader Rob Branca is the 2015 MUFC Chairman and DDIFO members may register for the event at the discounted rate of $495 by using the special discount promo code, BrancaDD15.  Hotel registrations should be made using…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Last week, Dunkin’ reported on their relatively uneventful Q4 earning, exceeding the revenue target by $2 million, but missing the adjusted earnings target by $.01.  This week, we can provide a bit more in-depth commentary from our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group.  There were bright spots: Baskin US at +9.3% same…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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