Masking Mandates

As the national patchwork of “stay at home”, “safer at home” and “non-essential business closing” orders gets murkier, it becomes that much more important for us to know what the limits are for the different areas in which we operate. Understanding and knowing the limits of this city, that county and the other state can…

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California Crisis

Notwithstanding the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented across the nation’s economy – from workers to small business owners to corporate executives, there are those – many of whom are in elected office – who just “can’t let a good crisis go to waste”! To that end, a proposal pending in the California Assembly…

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A Seat at the Counter Recalls a Bygone Era

Bob is the kind of regular customer familiar to every franchisee in the Dunkin’ system. For over 40 years, he’s been stopping by for coffee every morning at the Dunkin’ shop in Quincy, Mass. When Victor Carvalho, who along with his brother Octavio, took over running the original Dunkin’ store location from their dad, they…

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A Mix of States Eye Re-Openings

Opinions of whether, how and when individual states should re-open for business in light of the coronavirus crisis are as diverse as one can imagine. That said, there are no fewer than a dozen states across the nation committed to opening their economies as soon as today. Four states (Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee)…

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Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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OSHA & EEOC Issue Reopening Guidance

With COVID-19 still dominating national news and many states considering reopening processes and timeline options, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have both issued updated guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the workplace after re-openings. In its guidance, OSHA underscores that its guidance neither creates new…

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New I-9 Form Effective Today

Beginning today, May 1, 2020 employers must use the newer Employment Eligibility Verification Form (with the revised date of 10/21/19-found in the bottom left-hand corner). Form I-9 is published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and changed periodically to address current issues. For the past three months, notwithstanding the coronavirus crisis, employers have…

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Dunkin’ Doings

In the Dunkin’ Q1 earnings call held yesterday, company executives described the positive Dunkin US and Baskin sales momentum the brand had experienced leading into mid-March, only to be knocked down by the Covid 19 impact. By early April, Dunkin US same store sales had fallen to minus 35% but has since improved to almost…

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IRS Calls Some Workers Back In

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which for over a month now has had its Call Centers, Taxpayer Assistance Centers and refund processing centers closed due to COVID-19, has begun bringing employees back into the office. Initially, according to the National Treasury Employees Union which represents IRS workers, the agency is asking for volunteers and offering…

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Starbucks Earnings

Starbucks also held an earnings call this week during which the company reported that global comparable sales fell a full 10 percent during the second fiscal quarter that ended March 29, while their average ticket was up 4% and a total net of 255 new stores opened globally. Here in the US, the COVID-19 crisis…

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