Congress Needs Your Input on Next Relief Bill

If you’ve already reached out to your congressman and advocated for needed amendments to the HEALS Act, thank you. If you haven’t, then we need you to do so ASAP!!  As we advised this week in an Action Alert Membership Update sent out yesterday to all members, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools…

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SBA Releases New FAQ on Loan Forgiveness

Speaking of the Paycheck Protection Program, in conjunction with the Department of the Treasury, the Small Business Administration (SBA) this week released an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance for businesses seeking forgiveness of their PPP loans. The FAQ provides plain language direction regarding such items as: payment requirements where a borrower submits a loan…

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Senate Committee Hears from FTC Commissioners

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing this week specifically on the Federal Trade Commission, the federal agency charged with oversight of franchising across the country. The panel of witnesses at the August 5 hearing included all five of the FTC Commissioners, including Commissioner Rohit Chopra, who specifically highlighted some…

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Court Strikes Several DOL Rules on FFCRA

With the DC focus on the next iteration of COVID-19 legislative relief, one could easily forget the earlier economic stimulus laws and their implementation, but the courts this week kept the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in the forefront.  The FFCRA made as many as 61 million workers eligible for paid sick leave and…

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Granting Small Business $urvival

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, states and local communities are taking dramatically different approaches to helping small businesses recover from the shutdown and the general economic turmoil that the pandemic has yielded. In that vein, several have announced small business grant and loan programs in the past (New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and…

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Philly Enacts Whistleblower, Delivery Restrictions

The city of Brotherly Love has been approaching business needs from a completely different angle during the pandemic. Just over a month ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the nation’s first COVID-19 whistleblower ordinance. The “Employee Protection in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order”, or the Essential Workers Protection Act as it has…

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Florida Shortens Statute of Limitations

On June 30, Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed into law HB 255, which shortens the timeframe an employee has to take legal action in cases where the Florida Commission on Human Rights (FHRC) does not make a determination on the possible validity of the allegation within the prescribed time. Previously, when a complaint was filed…

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Winning Webinar Wednesdays

We continue to work with our business members to provide Dunkin’ franchisees with valuable opportunities to learn through our Webinar Wednesday series and we’re happy to report that we’ve got another three informative webinars upcoming. First off is “Managing Challenges Faced by Multi-Store Franchisees”, being presented next Wednesday featuring  Analytix Solutions CEO Satish Patel and…

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Digital Dunkin’ Doings

There’s much to report from Dunkin’ corporate other than its earnings, which filled this spot in last week’s issue. Dunkin’ recently welcomed Philip Auerbach to Canton in the newly created position of Chief Digital and Strategy Officer. CEO David Hoffmann described Phil as “a transformational leader who has led the evolution of consumer and hospitality…

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Senate Files Latest Relief Bill

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans formally filed their long-awaited latest version of a “Phase 4” economic relief package, titled the “Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act”. The bill contains many of the key legislative priorities that we were working to include, but much work is still needed and there will be lengthy…

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