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As we advised a few weeks ago, the Department of Labor has published its proposed new regulation on the overtime threshold, increasing the amount below which all employees must be eligible for overtime pay. DOL has proposed that the threshold salary be set at $35,308 and publication of the rule in the Federal Register (March…

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Federal Paid Leave Filed Again

A new version of federal paid leave legislation has again been filed in Congress, with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) teaming up with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Representatives Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Anne Wagner (R-MO) to sponsor the newest version. Under the legislation, new parents would be eligible to take early Social Security benefits for…

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Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting

We’re delighted with the program we’ve pulled together for the 2019 Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting on April 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Massachusetts. As more of the NextGen stores come off the drawing board and are brought to fruition, there’s that much more information that Dunkin’ franchise owners should be aware…

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McDonald’s Folds In Minimum Wage Fight

McDonald’s Corporation, which has largely been the catalyst for, as well as the target of, the Fight for $15 along with a fast food unionizing drive by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has advised the National Restaurant Association that it will no longer support efforts opposing an increased minimum wage. In its letter to…

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Wage Increase

At the other end of the spectrum on the minimum wage debate, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week vetoed a minimum wage bill increasing the wage in Maryland to $15/hour by 2025 and by July, 2026 for smaller businesses with 14 or fewer employees. Notwithstanding the Governor’s veto, the legislature quickly – in fact, within…

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New Jersey Bans NDAs, Strengthening Wage Theft

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is the polar opposite of former republican Governor Chris Christie and is signing into law many of the bills that Christie strongly opposed and/or vetoed during his two terms in the corner office. The latest example is new legislation restricting the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Well, Dunkin’ is officially the inaugural inductee to the Quincy (Massachusetts) Business Hall of Fame, with CEO Dave Hoffmann receiving the honor at the Quincy Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting last week. Hoffmann was the keynote speaker for the event earlier this week. A bit further south of Quincy, loyal Dunkin’ customer Korey Nolan of…

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Miscellaneous

With all the talk (and legislative initiatives) to increase minimum wages, expand paid leave, create new employee benefits and the like, we’re told that more small businesses may begin using robots where possible to cut down on labor costs. According to the Robotics Industries Association, almost 36,000 robots were shipped to the US, Canada and…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced earlier this week that it is making enhancements to its loyalty program in order to attract new members to their program and engage them more quickly. Effective April 16, Starbucks Rewards members will be able to redeem rewards once they’ve accumulated 25 points vs. the current threshold of 125 points. The company claims…

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DOL Warning On Leave Designation

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new Opinion Letter last week prohibiting employers from delaying the designation of Family & Medical Leave. Citing the FMLA, the DOL letter states that when an eligible employee communicates a need for leave for an FMLA-qualified reason, neither the employee nor the employer may decline FMLA protection.…

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