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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Class Action Brought Against Dunkin’ Franchisee in Pittsburgh

As if these stories are all somehow related, class action lawsuits against Home Depot are one thing, but yesterday, we learned of a proposed class action suit filed in Pennsylvania federal court last week alleging that a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee incorrectly categorized several assistant managers as overtime-exempt employees.  The proposed class, consisting of at least…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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NJ Pushing Paid Leave

Although there hasn’t been a noticeable groundswell of support for mandated paid sick leave in the NJ legislature, the Speaker of the NJ Assembly this week announced that the body will consider a statewide paid sick leave mandate when they return in September.  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto committed to bring the issue to the floor for a…

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Baltimore Adopts Nation’s Strictest Youth Curfew Law

The city of Baltimore, where a youth curfew has been on the books for over 20 years, recently enacted the strictest such curfew law in the country.  The new curfew requirement, which will take effect on August 15, requires that children between the ages of 14 and 16 be off the streets and home by…

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Campus Locations Making the Grade

Three days a week, Virginia Tech freshman Alex Hauser leaves his first class of the day and heads straight to his personal recharge station—the Dunkin’ Donuts located within Owens Hall. “It’s easy to access between classes, the line is never too long, and the workers really put out the orders quickly and efficiently,” he says.…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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New Jersey Advances “Opportunity to Compete” Bill

Perhaps since they had already increased the state’s minimum wage at the beginning of the year, New Jersey legislators are said to be seriously considering another onerous bill that can negatively impact businesses in the Garden State.  S.1484, An Act Concerning Employment Rights of Persons With Criminal Histories, was filed again this session by state…

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Delaware Taxes Due By June 1

For those members who may have created your company in the generally business-friendly state of Delaware, we would point out that taxes for LLP and LP organizations based in Delaware are due by June 1.  Delaware law does not require that LLPs and LPs file an annual report, but they want their taxes on time…

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