Competitor News

Starbucks made news this week on both the domestic as well as international fronts. First, the company announced this week that it was expanding its happy hour buy one get one free deal to include all hand-crafted beverages in grande size or larger. The expanded menu includes some of their priciest items such as the…

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In Joint Employer Battle: Round 2 Goes to McDonald’s

On Tuesday of this week, a federal appeals court gave McDonald’s Corporation a significant victory on the question of joint employment status. The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found in Salazar v. McDonalds that the company was not a joint employer in that it did not exert enough control over employees at…

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EEOC Extends Pay Data Window

Notwithstanding the deadline for employers to collect and report certain pay data for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was this past Tuesday, October 1, the agency has again extended the window for employers to do so. Essentially the agency, which is under court order to collect the…

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FDA Plans to Talk Smart Food Safety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for a public hearing on October 21 for the purpose of discussing available new technologies and how to best continue food safety efforts initiated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA has focused much of their efforts thus far on transparency and traceability for…

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DC Hikes Soda Tax, Undetected

With much sleight of hand – and very little, if any, transparency, the DC Council slipped in an additional increase to the District sugary drink tax, when it passed the DC budget back at the end of May. Proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Mary Cheh as part of the $15.5 billion budget instead of as…

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Connecticut Sexual Harassment Law Expanded

In our haste to keep an eye on and advise you of all the various legal changes that have occurred over the past few months in all states across the Dunkin’ footprint, we seem to have missed a couple of changes that took effect in Connecticut this week. First, Connecticut’s minimum wage increased by $0.90/hour…

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DDIFO Room Block Expires in 2 Weeks

For those who’ve procrastinated in registering for the 2019 DDIFO National Conference (October 28-29) at Foxwoods Resort, you’ve only got 2 weeks left to reserve your hotel room within the DDIFO room block at the significantly reduced rate of only $135 per night single/double occupancy. Our room block expires on October 14! Currently, rooms outside…

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Union Targeting Fast Food Industry

Despite the major defeat it recently suffered over the joint employer battle detailed above, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its allies on the presidential campaign trail will not just tuck their tales and go away. To the contrary, having enjoyed much success across the nation with their Fight for $15 campaigns, SEIU is…

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Unions Want Shorter Workweek, Same Pay

Speaking of unions and their efforts, a few weeks ago, the AFL-CIO released a report written by the “AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions”, in which the labor organization proclaimed a goal of “shorter work days and workweeks with no reduction in pay for workers”. The report went on to portray the…

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The Economy and Job Creation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is scheduled to release the September jobs report later this morning, but heading into today, it is projected in many circles that the economy will have added 147,000 non-farm jobs last month. Private payroll firm ADP released their monthly report which showed the addition of 135,000 jobs in September,…

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