DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations, Again

Last Friday, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised regulations for the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). If I’m not mistaken, that would make at least a couple of times that the agency has issued new or updated FFCRA regulations. The FFCRA was first enacted back on March 18 and…

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No Movement on New COVID Relief Bill

Last week we reported on the Senate blocking the so-called skinny bill, which would have provided some refunding the PPP and limited liability protection for businesses and health care providers along with some school funding. Well, despite some political rhetoric to the contrary, there is very little, if any, movement in Congress and it is…

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CFA Call to Action

Whether it’s the “Problem Solver Compromise” or some other legislative relief, let’s capitalize on the dwindling days of 2020. With less than four weeks of legislative days left on the 2020 calendar, Congress has little time to pass a stimulus package to help franchisees during this critical time. It is time to end partisan politics!…

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Court Tosses PA Shutdown Mandate

In the first such decision rendered since the coronavirus pandemic first struck the U.S. back in March, a federal court in Pittsburgh ruled early this week that a statewide shutdown and stay-at-home order issued by the governor of Pennsylvania is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court judge William Stickman IV found that despite being well-intentioned, the order…

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Rhode Island Wage Hike Coming

Despite the economic trauma that the pandemic and those state shutdown orders have caused across the country, Rhode Island has another surprise coming for small businesses in the Ocean State. Effective October 1, 2020, the state minimum wage will increase $1 per hour on the 1st of the month thanks to legislation signed by Governor…

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Maryland Mini-WARN Law Coming Too

Another law taking effect on October 1 is in the state of Maryland. The state’s Mini-WARN act, which Governor Larry Hogan allowed to become law without his signature back in May of this year. Senate bill 780, which now mandates compliance with the formerly voluntary Maryland Economic Stabilization Act, requires that employers that implement a…

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Upcoming CFA Webinar

DDIFO is happy to again host an exceptional Coalition of Franchisee Associations webinar next Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 Eastern time. The program, entitled Conflict Resolution During COVID: How to Handle Employee and Customer Challenges, will feature J. Hagood Tighe and Andria Ryan, attorneys specializing in labor and employment law at national…

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Dunkin’ Doings

This week Dunkin Brands CFO Kate Jaspon was present at the JP Morgan Consumer Conference and our DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group reports she answered detailed questions and gave a good outline of current and future initiatives. While not detailing same-store sales numbers, she indicated consumers are out more and…

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Competitor News

In contrast to the more upbeat Dunkin presentation, the Starbucks CFO. Pat Grismer, also appeared before the JP Morgan Consumer Conference. He noted their US same-store sales improved from minus 19% in June to minus 11% in August. They did not expect to get back to even in the US until sometime in early 2021.…

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Small Business Week

Despite the challenging economic trials that small businesses are facing with the coronavirus shutdowns and other government restrictions, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is still trying to help small businesses succeed. Next week, September 22 – 24, the agency will sponsor its annual National Small Business Week Conference. The 2020 event however, will be…

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