Fair Franchising Initiatives Still in Play!

Proposed legislation that would provide some degree of balance and equity in the franchisor-franchisee relationship has been considered in several states thus far this year and is still very much alive in Pennsylvania.  The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be holding a public hearing on HB 1620 on Tuesday, November 19 and DDIFO will be…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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Recycelable Paper Cups from Dunkin Donuts - Eva Walsh

Styrofoam Ban Presents Challenge To Community

The styrofoam ban in Brookline, Massachusetts will officially take effect on January 1, 2014.  Dunkin’ shops within the Boston bedroom suburb have already begun using an alternative cup developed by Dunkin’ in their efforts to find an environmentally friendly alternative to its iconic polystyrene cup.  Ironically, in local press reports, Brookline Health Chief Alan Balsam…

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Cleaning Agents Targeted in Proposed Law

It would appear that silly season is here in the Massachusetts Legislature – again, as the Joint Committee on Public Health this week advanced a bill that would phase out the use of standing chemical water for the cleaning of utensils, plates and beverage containers.  Under the provisions of S.1103, An Act relative to cleanliness…

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Maine at Bottom of Business Friendly States

Last week, we reported on Forbes’ annual ranking of Best States for Business with Virginia taking the #1 spot.  Well, for the 4th year in a row, the state of Maine has the dubious distinction of being considered the worst state for business in the nation!

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Starbucks expands La Boulange food offerings

Starbucks completed expansion of their La Boulange food offerings across the country when the new pastry lineup reached Boston and other east coast cities.  The additional items were added to their menu with their acquisition of Bay Bread LLC and its La Boulange bakery brand last year for $100 million.

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California Approves $10 Minimum Wage

The California legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $10 by 2016.  The bill is expected to be signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, a longtime advocate for the increase.  California is the fourth state to formally increase the minimum wage this year – the others…

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Maine Administration Eyes Eliminating County-based Taxes

Staunchly small government advocate and Maine Governor Paul LePage has his administration thinking outside the box as far as how to shrink government and relieve some of the pressure on Maine’s taxpayers.  They are currently looking at eliminating an array of county-based taxes across the state.

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