Minimum Wage Increase Killed In US Senate

The initiative undertaken by President Obama and a host of national Democratic lawmakers to increase the federally mandated minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over a three year period was killed earlier this week in the United States Senate.  Although there were 55 votes in favor out of the 100 total votes in the Senate,…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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Independent Joe: April 2014

With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Time Off, Mandates, Protection for Franchisees

Last August, Independent Joe interviewed Yuwen Chen, owner of three Dunkin’ Donuts shops in New York’s Hudson Valley, about paid sick leave legislation that was being considered in New York City and how its passage could affect his businesses 80 miles away. “The costs can really hurt the business owner,” he said, “because not only…

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Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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