Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

With many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect this year, we want to bring you as much up-to-date information as possible and will do precisely that at our Mid-Atlantic District meeting on Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.  The meeting will feature Attorney Pat McGovern, an…

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Member Meetings Begin Anew

The first of the 2015 DDIFO Member Meetings, the Mid-Atlantic District Meeting, has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  It is scheduled as a luncheon meeting, with networking opportunities beginning at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon and the meeting concluding at 3:00 PM.  We are finalizing…

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New York City Bans Styrofoam

It has been on the books “subject to” since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the idea approved by the City Council in December 2013, but current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the issue to the next step and implementing a citywide ban on polystyrene foam effective July 1, 2015. The ban,…

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And At The State Level

Let’s take a break from federal headaches for the moment and look at some action at the state level. As Governor Chris Christie moves closer to a possible presidential bid, legislators in New Jersey are teeing up an extensive mandatory paid leave bill in Trenton that would require all employers to provide one hour paid…

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Andy Rod’s Dunkin’ Family

Running several Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Virginia isn’t just a job for Andy Rod. It’s about spreading the feeling of home and supporting family. Rod, who is 52, grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, where the Dunkin’ shops were a familiar sight. “We went to Dunkin’ all the time as a kid and I really…

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Dunkin’ Still King of the City

For the seventh consecutive year, Dunkin Donuts has more stores in New York City than any other franchised business with 536 shops operating within the city and its five boroughs.  Subway was the second most popular chain in the city with 468 restaurants.  Starbucks with 282 stores was in fifth place and McDonalds was sixth…

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New Jersey Advances Mandatory Sick Leave

Assembly bill #2354 has been pending in the New Jersey Assembly since it was first introduced back in February of this year.  Early this week, the Assembly Budget Committee chose to advance the bill on a 6-4 vote with one member not voting and another abstaining.  If passed as currently drafted, A2354 would mandate that workers…

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Better Hospitals Excluded

In more news that will likely further erode support for the Obama Care mandates, it was reported this week in the Baltimore Business Journal, that a number of health insurance plans offered in response to the mandates of the Affordable Care Act will not cover any services provided by some of the premier hospital facilities…

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From Corporate Player to Franchise Owner, Shub Hedge Never Looked Back

When the company you’ve worked for suddenly decides you are expendable, your sense of security can vanish, even if you are the calmest of personalities. However, for Shub Hegde, the experience meant just one thing: Opportunity. It was the early 1990s and Hegde, who was born in a small town in southern India and moved…

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Minimum Wage Increases Still In The News

As we get closer to the November elections, the important issue of minimum wage increases continues to make headlines on both coasts and in a host of other communities across the country.  This past week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seemingly took a page from President Obama’s playbook and – by Executive Order…

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