The Qualified Franchisee DD Trust

Franchisees are generally familiar with the use of trusts in their estate planning process. Some of the benefits generally sought by use of trusts include the efficient passage of assets upon death, potential tax savings, avoidance of a lengthy and sometimes costly probate proceedings, privacy, and the maintenance and control of the grantor of decision…

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Tip Pooling Case Could Set New Precedent

Tip pooling is an issue Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in many states have been watching closely. Several franchise owners have been sued for allowing shift supervisors to share in the tips collected at the counter, even though these supervisors have limited managerial authority and spend the majority of their shifts serving customers. These lawsuits have prompted…

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7-Eleven Indictments a Cautionary Tale for all Franchisees

We took great notice of the recent news coverage that several 7-Eleven franchisees were among those indicted in a far-reaching case of immigrant exploitation. According to the New York Times, franchisees “recruited more than 50 illegal immigrants and gave them identities stolen from American citizens, including children and dead people. The employees worked for 100…

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Class Actions and Sales Tax cases

As we comb the courts for examples of cases involving franchising, restaurants and labor law, we try to home in on those that could impact Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. In this issue of Independent Joe, we want to bring you up to date on a series of cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which…

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Ban on Sale of Large Sugary Drinks Gets Doused

Last year with much fanfare, the City of New York, through its Board of Health, called for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, in restaurants, concessions and other eating establishments. Such sale was not banned in supermarkets. Advocates, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, claimed that the ban was necessary to…

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