Independent Restaurants Want Exclusive Grants

Another effort is underway to provide more targeted relief for the restaurant industry – or at least relief to a very small part of it!  Representative Earl Blumenauer, a democratic Congressman from Oregon and member of the House Ways and Means Committee is working with senior Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker on securing bipartisan support to…

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Renewed Effort for Liability Shields

Prompted largely by a spike in the number of coronavirus lawsuits filed against businesses, efforts to create federal liability protections have been resurrected. As we’ve advised in past issues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called the creation of federal liability shields his “red line” for the next legislative aid package. Since May 1,…

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CFA in the News & in Your Corner

We’ve often written about an event that been sponsored or an issue that’s being highlighted for action by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA). When we do, many of our readers may not immediately see the tremendous value that our affiliation with this national organization provides Dunkin’ franchisees as well as franchise owners in any…

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Outside COVID-19, More New Mandates

Although most businessmen and women during the past three months of the coronavirus pandemic have rightly focused on keeping their business operating or how to get their business back in operation when the shutdown ends, some in government have continued to focus their energies on what new dictates they can legislate on others. Washington DC…

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July Brings Minimum Wage Increases

As states around the country begin or advance the re-opening of their economies, one could easily overlook the mandated increases in state and local minimum wages that are already on the books. To avoid that problem, we advise that you check in with your employment professionals or legal counsel on changes that may be happening…

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Starbucks: Major Contraction & $2 billion Decline

Starbucks on Wednesday provided a major business update and perhaps most noteworthy to the Dunkin’ community is that new store development in the Americas will be virtually halted immediately, with the closure of some 400 Starbucks company units in the US over the next 18 months as well as an additional 200 in Canada. New…

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Congress Passes PPP Reforms

In a major victory for small businesses across the nation, and restaurants in particular, the U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on Wednesday evening and sent it to the President, who signed it into law late yesterday. The legislation (H.R. 7010), which passed the House last week by an overwhelming vote of…

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Federal Reserve Readies Launch of Main Street Lending

Although it initially announced the program back in early April, the Fed is still preparing for an official launch of its Main Street Lending Program, through which it will purchase some $600 billion in loans from eligible lenders. The program funds come from the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law…

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CBO Reports on Bonus Unemployment Benefit

One provision of the aforementioned CARES Act that struck me as counterintuitive to expediting the economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic was the payment of an additional $600 weekly to the unemployed. Although the additional funds are not authorized beyond July 31, 2020, some in the House of Representatives want to extend…

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NLRB OKs Cell Phone Ban in Workplace

Two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final ruling reversing the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the case of Colt Beverage where the ALJ found that a company prohibition on the use or possession of a personal cell phone in the work area violated the employee’s rights under…

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