Small Regular - No Sugar! Newsletter DDIFOOutstanding News from the Golden State – In a hard fought political battle, the Good Guys prevailed in the California Senate this week when the Senate formally advanced the Fair Franchising legislation (SB 610) by a vote of 22 – 12.  The legislation which would, among other things, provide an affirmative right of good faith and fair dealing as well as a statutory right to recover damages when franchisors violate its provisions, now moves on to the California Assembly.  The IFA has expended a considerable effort to defeat this legislation as well as similar initiatives around the country.  We cannot state unequivocably when the bill might be formally considered by the Assembly, but word is that it is tentatively scheduled for June 18, but could even come up for a vote as early as June 11, so there’s little time and much work to do to prepare for passage and deliberation by Governor Jerry Brown!  To read more about it, see BlueMauMau coverage here.

CFA Lobby Day is one month away – On the subject of legislative activism, members are again reminded that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), of which DDIFO is a founding member, will hold their annual CFA Day Forum in Washington DC just over a month from now.  The two-day conference with visits to Congress to discuss issues of import to the franchisee community is scheduled for July 8 through July 10 at the Fairmont Hotel in the District’s Georgetown section.  DDIFO strongly encourages members to attend the event.  Register for theForum here.

DDIFO Connecticut/New York Meeting – DDIFO is putting the final touches on our next Membership Meeting, which will be held at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury, Connecticut on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  We are excited to welcome employment law Attorney Hugh F. Murraya partner in the Hartford office of the major law firm of Murtha Culina LLP who will present on employment law issues nationally as well as in Connecticut up to and including their mandatory paid leave act.  In addition, we will also welcome an expert on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), who will provide detailed guidance on what franchisees must know and do to be in compliance with this new federal law.  The program will run from 2 PM until 7 PM including a cocktail reception from 5 PM to 7 PM.  This meeting is open to all Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, so plan to join us in Southbury on June 26!

DDIFO National Conference – DDIFO is pulling together more and more of the components for the 2013 DDIFO National Conference at Caesar’s Atlantic City with each passing week!  Last week we told you about your opportunity to “listen in” on a conversation among some of Dunkin’ Donuts’ most successful franchisees.  This week, we can tell you that we will also present in Atlantic City, “The View From The Street”, a thorough and detailed presentation by DDIFO Restaurant Analyst and Wall Street expert John Gordon, Founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group!  This is another stellar presentation you will not want to miss, so keep your eyes open for registration information coming very soon and plan now to attend the 2013 DDIFO National Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, September 16 through 18, 2013!

Tip Pooling Still Rears Its Ugly Head! – The difficult issue of tip pooling continues to have traction through the judicial system as another class action lawsuit was filed against a Dunkin’ franchisee in Massachusetts and a separate case on appeal is argued before the New York Court of Appeals.  In the latter case, Starbucks and an attorney representing baristas and shift supervisors argued what types of employees are eligible to participate in tip-pooling.  New York law prohibits an “agent” which includes “supervisors” from collecting tips.  In Massachusetts, the law is ambiguous on who qualifies under the definition of “manager” and is thereby ineligible to share in tip-pooling.  A proposal to clarify the Massachusetts law is scheduled to be heard before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on June 25.  DDIFO plans to testify in favor of the legislation.  The common denominator is attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan who initiated the legal actions. She also sued and then bought the flagship store of former pizza franchise, The Upper Crust.

Dunkin’ Active in Social Media – Dunkin’ Donuts received some pretty good kudos on their marketing efforts for social media accounts on such sights as Vine, Twitter, Facebook and others.  In the blog Chief Marketer, Dunkin’ is credited with a significant number of social media followers: 8.7 million+ on Facebook; 230,000+ on Twitter; 27,000+ YouTube subscribers; 4,000+ on Pinterest; and 42,000+ Instagram.

DD Shops in the News – New franchisee Bryce Bares, who was featured in the February issue of Independent Joe has jumped right into the charitable giving nature of Dunkin’ franchisees across the footprint, joining Mustaches for Kids Omaha effort to raise money for Make-A-Wish Nebraska!  Bares just recently opened his shop in Papillion, Nebraska. And elsewhere in the Mid-West, Dunkin’ Donuts is now the official coffee of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire.  The Fire and Dunkin’ announced their new strategic partnership just this week