SEIU Targets Service Plaza QSRs

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their Fight for $15 effort now appear to be targeting roadside service plazas for their latest unionization efforts, and the strategy will be a tough one to defeat. Clearly, the roadside service areas are government-owned, making protests and rallies at the sights more politically potent. On Wednesday, the…

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IRS Concerned About Data Safeguards

Despite initiating an upgrade to its data loss prevention plan 8 years ago, the IRS still does not have all systems operational. According to a new report issued this week by the Office of the Treasury Inspector, the agency has taken some steps to prevent the loss of personally identifiable information through email, but “continued…

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Matt Light To Headline Hall of Fame Luncheon

Retired New England Patriot ‘blindside’ tackle Matt Light will be the featured speaker at this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon to conclude the 2019 DDIFO National Conference on October 28 & 29 at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Matt Light, who himself has been elected into both the Purdue University Athletic Hall…

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Competitor News

Although they haven’t taken or scheduled any formal actions yet, unionized workers at a supply distributor that services about 900 Starbucks formally authorized a strike last week. The workers, approximately 300 drivers and warehousemen, and members of the Teamsters Union Local 710, are employed at 4 DPI Specialty Foods Inc. facilities in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis…

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RFDC and CFA Registrations

Take a look at the full agenda for the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference and you will notice that Dunkin’ CFO Kate Jaspon will be one of the presenters on the The CFO Forum panel; Nicole Miller Regan, of Piper Jaffrey and a panelist at the DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans last year, will…

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DOL Submits Fluctuating Workweek Rule

The US Department of Labor (DOL) last week submitted a proposal to the White House Office of management and Budget (OMB) that would alter how employers must calculate overtime for certain employees. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime-eligible employees must be paid time and a half for any hours over 40 in a workweek.…

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California Codifying “ABC Test”?

The California state senate is closing in on final consideration of AB-5, which will codify the Dynamex decision of the California Supreme Court. That decision, rendered in early 2018, established the “ABC Test” for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor as opposed to the historically-accepted Economic Realities Test. Whereas the…

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New York Proposing Cap on Delivery Costs –

The New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) is entertaining a new regulation that would prohibit restaurant establishments with liquor licenses from paying more than 10% for third-party deliveries. Note that under the pending regulation, the third-party service would not be restricted from charging whatever fee they believed the market would bear, rather the prohibition is…

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Dunkin’ Honors

Dunkin’ announced its line-up of franchisee award recipients earlier this week and we want to recognize and congratulate those who will be honored late next month at the Dunkin’ Brands Franchise Award dinner in Boston. Congratulations to Dunkin’ Franchisee of the Year Eric Eskander and Cadete Enterprises. (John Cadete is also a DDIFO Hall of…

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Minnesota Bans News Drive-Thru Windows

Some elected officials seem hell-bent on stifling economic growth wherever they may find it, and the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota is just the most recent example. The Minneapolis city council adopted a complete ban on new drive-thru construction two weeks ago, although in reality the city had already banned new drive-thru windows in 15 of…

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