Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees seek to change state tip law

Boston Globe Reports: For thousands of customers who stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts during the course of the day, dropping a little extra change into a jar next to the cash register is a gesture barely worth noting. But the money that accumulates in those jars has been a point of confusion and heated debate reverberating…

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Dunkin Strengthens Boston During Marathon Tragedy

While most of greater Boston was locked down during a massive manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, authorities allowed at least one business to remain open to feed first responders: Dunkin’ Donuts. Adjacent to the Watertown Police Department, the town’s Dunkin’ Donuts voluntarily provided free coffee and snacks to state and local…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 14th – Enviormental Reform, Energy Saving Grants, Hall of Fame Nominations

North Carolina’s Changing Environment – North Carolina takes a different view of environmental considerations when it comes to rezoning proposals and the jobs it can represent.  Currently, in Charlotte, residents may protest rezoning issues and force a supermajority requirement on the Charlotte City Council.  The legislature however is within one final vote of passing the Create…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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Chris Prazeres with friends and family at mile 25 of the Boston Marathon. Because of the bombings Chris and thousands of other runners never made it to the finish line 1.2 miles away.

A Different Finish Line for One Determined Runner: Christopher Prazeres’ story

Of all the scenarios that Christopher Prazeres imagined as he toed the starting line for the legendary marathon course, he never dreamed that the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race would be tragically interrupted by terrorism. It was a sunny April 15 morning, and Prazeres, a second-generation owner of a network which includes seven stores in…

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Boston Marathon, lost revenue

Near the Finish Line: Franchisee Efharis Alepedis’ Shop Rebounds Quickly

For Efharis Alepedis, there was no indication that the illustrious 117th running of the Boston Marathon was going to be any different this year for her family’s bustling Copley Square store. It’s the busiest day of the year for the shop, which is just a few hundred feet from the famed blue-and-yellow painted finish line.…

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Independent Joe Magazine – June 2013

As we enter into the summer months, we look forward with anticipation to barbeques, sun-filled days, beaches, vacations – and plans to attend the DDIFO National Conference.

For the last few years, the conference was held at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut and the speaking outline for the conference was kept under wraps until Labor Day. That all changes this year.

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 23, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tip Pooling, Competitor News, Hiring Issues

More West Coast Movement on Fair Franchising – Although it is not yet over, good news continues to stream out of California on the Fair Franchising initiative.  This week, the California Assembly’s Committee on the Judiciary approved the bill on a 7-2 vote with one member absent and not voting.  The bill has now been sent to the Assembly’s Committee…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 14th, 2013 – Franchisee/Franchisor Roles, Criminal Background Checks, Charity Events, Market Conditions

New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisee/Franchisor Roles – Earlier this week,Delaware Governor Jake Markell signed into law, HB55, legislation that establishes that the franchisee and franchisor relationship is actually one where the franchisee is considered an independent contractor!  The proposal passed both branches of the Delaware legislature unanimously and is similar to a bill that was passed into law in Georgia last…

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