More on ROC Money and Initiatives

We hope it is not lost on our subscribers the importance of their participating in events such as the CFA Lobby Day Forum or contributing to the CFA PAC, but to underscore the significance, consider the following. The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) – some of whose troubles we told you of last week – nonetheless…

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Joy in Childhood Foundation Events

As we come out of the coronavirus pandemic isolation, it seems timely to remind ourselves of ways we can help support others who’ve not been as fortunate. One perfect way would be to support the Joy in Childhood Foundation (JiCF). Next Wednesday, July 14 is the deadline to register for next Saturday’s Polo for Joy…

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Other Changes to Note

Aside from minimum wage increases, the calendar is replete with different changes on a seemingly monthly basis that you need to be aware of. Among these, we would point out that a change in employment law took effect yesterday in the Commonwealth of Virginia imposing a requirement that most employers must now include information in…

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Independent Joe #68 June/July 2021

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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A Dunkin’-Fueled American Dream

“I have a big, massive American flag in front of my house,” says franchisee Benny Omid proudly. “Every time I go by it I say, ‘I can’t believe I get to have an American flag flying in front of my house.’” Of course, the Stars and Stripes play a featured role in the summer landscape…

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Massachusetts Clears Millionaire’s Tax

Despite the fact that tax receipts have been well above expectations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts legislature this week cleared the so-called Millionaires tax to appear on the state ballot in 2022. The measure, which required approval by two consecutive legislative sessions in order to advance, was passed Wednesday on a…

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Maine Working to End At-Will Employment

Efforts continue in the Maine legislature to eliminate the notion of at-will employment. Although it may be considered a long-shot, work sessions have continued around advancing L.D. 553, An Act to End At-will Employment. The proposal, which has been favorably voted on by the Committee on Labor and Housing (7-3 vote), would require the employer…

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MA Mandates Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that grants employees up to 40 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) for COVID-related illness, quarantine and vaccinations. Effective immediately upon signing through September 30, 2021 or until program funds expire, the new law (H.3702) entitles employees to the additional leave for an…

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Minimum Wage Updates

At the federal level, the push for a $15 minimum wage is still hung up by the opposition of moderate democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The two moderates have agreed that the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) should be raised, but balk at the $15 figure. Sinema last week joined Mitt…

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Fair Workweek Act Advances

The state of Connecticut has moved closer to joining Oregon as the only states that mandate so-called predictive scheduling on retail and fast-food employers. The state senate last week by a vote of 20-16 passed Senate bill 668, which requires covered employers to post a weekly work schedule no less than 7 days in advance…

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