Growing Up Dunkin’

When you grow up in a family business, it’s easy to envision yourself someday taking over operations. But Misha Goli, whose father owned four Dunkin’ Donuts stores in their hometown of Oklahoma City, didn’t see himself following those footsteps. While he was content to work in the stores while growing up, once he went off…

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Expansive California Bill is Battleground

California Assembly Bill 5 has certainly served to generate significant controversy across many, if not most, industries in the Golden State. AB-5, which has already passed the state Assembly, would codify a California Supreme Court decision (Dynamex Operations West) decided in April 2018. In Dynamex, the state’s highest court established that all workers are essentially…

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Ballot Question To Save Electoral College

Speaking of ballot questions, Colorado voters opposed to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to put the question before voters next November. Proponents of putting the question before the voters submitted almost 229,000 voter signatures to the Secretary of State – well beyond the 124,000 required. The National Popular…

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Up, Up and Away!

Dunkin’ surprised many in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, when it stepped into the breach to become the 2019 sponsor of the New Mexico Balloon Fiesta after former sponsor Piñon Coffee decided not to sponsor the colorful event this year. The Dunkin’ marketing team moved quickly and locked up the event. Although the sponsorship…

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Independent Joe #57 August/September 2019

 The idea of a Hall of Fame has its roots in Norse Mythology, but it was really brought to fruition with Ludwig I, who was the King of Bavaria, in 1842. He commissioned the building of a memorial called Walhalla to hold plaques and statues honoring great Germans. The Hall of Fame for Great…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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SEIU Targets Service Plaza QSRs

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their Fight for $15 effort now appear to be targeting roadside service plazas for their latest unionization efforts, and the strategy will be a tough one to defeat. Clearly, the roadside service areas are government-owned, making protests and rallies at the sights more politically potent. On Wednesday, the…

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California Codifying “ABC Test”?

The California state senate is closing in on final consideration of AB-5, which will codify the Dynamex decision of the California Supreme Court. That decision, rendered in early 2018, established the “ABC Test” for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor as opposed to the historically-accepted Economic Realities Test. Whereas the…

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Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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More State Law Changes Coming

It seems timely for us again to advise of a number of new laws and changes to existing laws that will be taking effect within the next few weeks. In that vein, we advise owners with interests in the following states read on: Alabama, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. As to the changes, The Oklahoma…

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