Virginia Tightens Face-Covering Mandate

Effective early this week, the state of Virginia imposed still even more stringent face-covering requirements on all businesses across the state. The new mandate, which went into effect on December 14, requires all individuals age five or older to wear face masks at all times in settings shared by others – indoors or outdoors –…

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Dunkin’ Deal Done

On December 15, Inspire Brands completed the acquisition of Dunkin Brands. New financing is in place and Dunkin’ has stopped trading as a public stock. Dave Hoffmann has stepped down as CEO and been named special advisor to Inspire CEO Paul Brown to guide the integration of Dunkin’ into Inspire Brands. Much progress was made…

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Coronavirus Restrictions, Limits and Closings

As we approach the end of 2020, (aka the year from Hell) we note a number of other order that some governors, mayors, county executive or other elected officials have mandated that we weren’t able to include elsewhere and thought it would be best to just run through them. In that vein, Philadelphia Mayor Jim…

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Jobless Claims Jump Again Heading into Holidays

In a notice released yesterday morning, the Department of Labor Employment and Training Division reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits jumped again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September. Claims were 23,000 higher than the previous week’s figures and come as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the…

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Miscellaneous

McDonalds corporate sure knows how to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, as the old saying goes. The company hosted a webcast earlier this month to advise its franchisees (Peter) that a long-time company subsidy used to keep the price of a Happy Meal down would end on New Year’s Day 2021. Further, the company is…

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!

As next Friday is Christmas Day and the following one is New Years Day, we will not be publishing the next two weeks. Our next issue will be out on Friday, January 8, 2021. Given that fact, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, a Happy…

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COVID Relief Caught in the Crosshairs

It’s beginning to look like we’ll have to wait until the Georgia runoff elections are over and decided until we see any further movement on a new COVID relief bill out of Congress. Although momentum seemed to be building over the past week or so, control of the US Senate may be getting “in the…

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Comments on FTC Franchise Rule Due Thursday

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently undertaking a formal review of the Franchise Rule, which you may recall, requires franchisors to publish a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) designed to provide material information to assist prospective franchisees in their decision whether or not to purchase the franchise. In its review, the FTC is looking at…

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Making a List and Checking It Twice

That lyric from a timeless Christmas classic shouldn’t only apply to Santa at this time of year, but also to every small businessman and woman across the country. Your list however, should be of what legal and regulatory changes will be taking effect on January 1, rather than who’s been naughty or nice! In that…

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More Municipal Mandates

It’s not only governors around the nation that are issuing edicts, imposing restrictions and otherwise getting their pound of flesh from small businesses, municipalities are doing their best as well. The City Council in Denver this week declined to pause the planned minimum wage increase in the Mile High City to $14.77 per hour effective…

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