Even more Dunkin’ Donuts to open in R.I.

Can there be even more Dunkin’ Donuts in Rhode Island? Apparently, yes.

A group of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have nabbed up 16 former Tim Hortons locations, but just five will be new doughnut and coffee shops. The others will be leased to non-competing companies.

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Massachusetts Considering Bills to Become the First State to Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

From time to time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views and opinions of the contributor and are not necessarily the opinions of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is an article written and submitted by Nathan L. Kaitz, whi is an attorney with Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP. Nathan may be reached at (617) 523-6666 or at nkaitz@morganbrown.com. Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP focuses exclusively on representing employers in employment and labor matters

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Seek Greater Influence in Washington

John Motta has a passion for politics. The Chairman of the new Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Federal Political Action Committee (DDFO FedPAC) has never run for office, nor does he plan to. Motta operates a 20-store network in New Hampshire and Virginia; he’s been a Dunkin’ franchisee since 1980. But, his passion is quite evident when he talks about the political efforts for which he’s volunteered.

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Dunkin’ Turns to Everyday Joes

DC Dennison writes in The Boston Globe about Dunkin’ Donuts New Marketing Campaign and he mentions DDIFO’s efforts to amend the law regarding “tip pooling”.

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Ben Affleck’s Movie “The Town” Runs on Dunkin’

And knowing the city, Ben Affleck peppered “The Town” with details. “You’ve got to have a scene where some characters are in a Dunkin’ Donuts. … Somebody from out of town sees that and goes, ‘Dunkin’ Donuts?’ But if you grew up there, you know that Dunkin’ is the heart and soul of the city. EVERYbody gets coffee there, all day long. It’s not a Starbucks town.”

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Snow Removal Required

Denise Lavoie of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports in the Worcester Telegram that property owners may be held liable for snow-related injuries whether the accumulations are caused by Mother Nature or by snowplows, the state’s highest court ruled yesterday in a far-reaching decision that lawyers said could result in a wave of personal injury lawsuits.

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Franchisor Retaliation: A thing of the past?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines retaliate as, “To return like for like, especially evil for evil.” In life we are taught that one good turn deserves another. In franchising, many believe there is evil lurking when a franchisor decides it does not agree with the words or actions of one of its franchisees. This is especially so when the actions of the franchisor are based on that franchisee’s membership in or leadership of a franchisee association.

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