DDIFO with CFA on Capital Hill

As a member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), DDIFO participated in the inaugural CFA Day Forum 2009, in Washington DC, February 10th and 11th. Franchisee associations meeting in our nations’ capital as a collective group marks a historic event for the entire franchise community. The mission of the CFA is: “to leverage the collective…

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Mandated Paid Sick Leave

 In the 110th Congress, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Healthy Families Act (HFA). HFA requires certain employers, who employ 15 or more employees for each working day during 20 or more workweeks a year, to provide a minimum of seven days of paid sick leave per year to employees…

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Arbitration Fairness Act

The Arbitration Fairness Act, which bans binding mandatory arbitration clauses from consumer, employment, and franchise contracts, was reintroduced in the House last week. Rep. Hank Johnson, the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by 36 other House members and will likely get more support in the coming months. Arbitration is a form of alternative…

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Credit Card Fair Fee Act

For years, retailers and merchants have been waging a quiet war with the financial industry over “interchange fees” — the hidden costs of processing credit and debit card transactions that can wipe out a store’s profits while earning banks a pretty penny. Last year Congress stepped into the fracas with legislation that would enable merchants…

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The Card Check Battle Takes to the Airwaves!

Both sides of the Card Check (Employee Free Choice Act) debate have taken to the airwaves to make their point: Watch a couple of the commercials here! Those in support of the act: For those opposed: The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) have both come out against Card Check! Visit…

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Employee Free Choice Act – A Game Changer

There has much written and said about the Employee Free Choice Act (Card Check) both sides do agree on one thing, if this legislation passes it will be a game changer for your business. Currently the preferred method for determining whether or not employees want a union to represent them is through a private-ballot election…

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Starbucks to Add Value Meals

As the dismal economy slurps up profits and the tug of war for coffee drinkers gets hotter, Starbucks hopes to find some sales salvation with its own value meal variety, the Associated Press reprted. Starbucks has yet to offer many details about what CEO Howard Schultz described to investors last week as “several breakfast pairings”…

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Cold Stone Creamery and Tim Hortons to test Co-branded

Tim Hortons Inc. and the parent of Cold Stone Creamery said Friday they will team up to create up to 100 co-branded stores that will offer customers both ice cream and coffee shop fare. Tim Hortons and privately-owned Kahala Corp. said they will co-brand up to 50 stores in each chain in the U.S. by…

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Franchisors That Might Not Make It Past 2009

The chief business correspondent for US News, Rick Newman, creates a list of companies that look unlikely to make it past 2009. Here are the four franchisors on that list heading to the brink. Krispy Kreme: about 4,000 employees; stock down 50%. The donuts might be good, but Krispy Kreme overestimated Americans’ appetite – and that’s saying something.…

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Stimulus Bills Compared: You’ll Like The Senate’s Better

So are the stimulus bills circulating on Capitol Hill good for small business? Well, yeah. Hundreds of billions of dollars in new government spending will reach small firms, either directly in federal contracts or indirectly as this money makes its way through the economy. Moreover, there are specific tax credits and treatments for investment in…

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