Massachusetts Hears Tip Pooling & Fair Scheduling Bills

The Massachusetts legislature next week will host a public hearing at which DDIFO will testify strongly in support on one bill and just as strongly in opposition to another.  The joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will host the hearing beginning at 11:30 AM, at which it will take testimony on H.1704, an Act…

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Restaurants Eliminating Tipping as Wages Rise

Although in the wake of all the minimum wage increases we’ve seen of late, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, many restauranteurs are now looking at eliminating tipping in their establishments and setting “all-inclusive” pricing in the future.  The New York Times published a lengthy article last week explaining the issue and the correlation…

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Independent Joe #33 August/ September 2015

The National Conference provides DDIFO the opportunity to bring together many franchise owners from around the country and present them with information on a host of issues that threaten to impact Dunkin’ franchisees in every geographic region. Whether it’s the product mix in the southwest, J-BOD issues in the southeast, kitchen challenges in the Midwest…

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Mass. Supreme Court Clarifies Tip Pooling Law

The Massachusetts tip pooling law, which prevents managers from taking a cut of the tips left for servers, has been the subject of close scrutiny. Several franchise owners have been sued for allowing managers and supervisors to share the tips, and DDIFO has provided testimony for lawmakers explaining why the law is confusing and needs…

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Employers Must Accommodate Transgender Employees

Right alongside EEOC, we have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Ostensibly charged with ensuring the safety of the nation’s workforce, OSHA responded to a request by the National Center for Transgender Equality by issuing a guidance advising employers that they must accommodate employees based on the gender with which the employee identifies.  Incredibly,…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

It seems to be the issue that gives us more and more fodder each week and this week is no exception to highlight minimum wage issues.  First off, there is still a great deal of activity in Missouri over the question as municipalities scramble to try and beat the August 28 effective date of a…

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Massachusetts “No-Tipping” Policy Legal

We were delighted with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a week ago affirming that franchise owners have to right to decide whether to allow tipping in their stores.  Meshna v Scrivanos was decided in favor of the franchise owner after the case was taken from the appellate court docket for direct review…

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Scrivanos Wins at Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court!

DDIFO amicus brief was right on the money! Back in January, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state, took up on direct appellate review the no tipping issues presented in the case of Meshna v Scrivanos. DDIFO acted quickly and in concert with the attorney for DD franchisee and plaintiff,…

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Tips Still a Problem in Massachusetts

Despite getting our clarifying tip-pooling language passed in the House again this year (and defeated by one vote in the Senate for the second time in a row), the provision did not survive an economic development conference committee’s final report, thereby killing the effort for the current legislative session.  Ambiguities in Massachusetts’ law, specifically the…

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Ohio Tries To Ban Tip Pooling

In yet another glaring example of a solution desperately in search of a problem, a bill pending in the Ohio state legislature seeks to ban tip pooling in Ohio restaurants.  The Tip Fairness Act (HB 534), which was introduced earlier this session by Representative Nickie Antonio, would ban tip pools completely across the state.  As…

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