What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Soda Wars, Rising Wages

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. Several states and cities hiked their minimum wage on July 1, with a few now even pushing past the much ballyhooed $15 an hour mark. Activists pushing for sick leave mandates are…

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What’s Brewing: Menu labeling, 7-Eleven crackdown, Joint employer rule

Just when you thought your menus were finally safe from government meddling, calorie labeling is back. A long-standing and controversial federal proposal to force Dunkin’ Donuts and other restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus looked all but dead when President Trump took office last year. After all, menu labeling was a notable initiative…

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What’s Brewing: NLRB, H-2B summer visas, Soda tax, Wages headed up, Sick leave

Good old 2017 ended with a bang, with the Trump Administration making good on its promises to axe a controversial ruling that Dunkin’ and other franchise owners have argued undermines the very foundations of franchising. The National Labor Relations Board has dumped the Obama-era joint-employer rule, which had sowed confusion and stirred fears of unionization…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Overtime rules, Shift scheduling

In with the new and out with the old. This summer small business owners are getting a clearer picture of where the Trump Administration stands on some key issues. The Trump Administration is taking aim at a pair of controversial, Obama-era policies that say could be damaging to the franchising business while also driving up…

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What’s Brewing: Sodium Regulation, Minimum wage

The Trump Administration sooner or later will start delivering on its promise to slash government red tape but, in the meantime, the battle over wages, sick leave and food labeling requirements continues to rage on at the city, state and county level. New York City officials are crowing over a court victory upholding their new…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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