When Is $1 Million not $1 Million?

For a number of years recently, the idea of imposing an additional tax on incomes over $1 million was all the rage across the political landscape. A handful of states – notably California in 2012, followed by Connecticut and New York along with Washington DC were quick to impose the new tax on “millionaires”. More…

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Ballot Questions Abound

Aside from the Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional elections on the ballot on Tuesday, there are also a broad array of ballot questions that may have a significant impact on business interests – now and/or in the future across the country. We want to highlight a few of these for you. We’ve advised you in past…

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What’s Brewing: Jobs Recovery, COVID-19 Regulations, Employee Health, Wage Hikes

It was never easy running a quick-service franchise. But over the past few months, the lives of Dunkin’ franchise owners have gotten infinitely more complicated. Franchisees already had their hands full before the coronavirus crisis hit keeping customers happy, keeping employees satisfied, and keeping bottom lines healthy—all while negotiating the challenges posed by various federal,…

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Face Covering Mandates

As we see dramatic increases in confirmed cases of coronavirus in many of the southern and western states over the past few weeks, it behooves business owners to stay up to date on state and local mandates relative to face coverings. A majority of states may only recommend that they be worn while others mandate…

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Arizona Stands Tough vs Local Wage Mandates

The Arizona legislature has made it clear to local cities and towns in the Grand Canyon State that the state will set minimum wages and won’t look kindly upon local communities trying to set their own. According to a new law that takes effect next week (on August 27), the state must calculate the cost…

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New Laws Set For Late July – August

As we advised a few weeks ago, there are an array of new laws taking effect over these summer months and we want to be sure that you are aware of the impending changes. So, those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Washington and Texas may want to keep reading.…

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Mixed Bag on State Minimum Wages

The Florida Supreme Court rejected local minimum wages this week when it dismissed an appeal brought by the city of Miami Beach. Recall that Miami Beach passed its own minimum wage in excess of the state minimum (currently $8.46 per hour as of 1/1/19) back in 2016, setting a local minimum wage that would gradually…

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Municipal Minimum Wage Workings

Minimum wages continue to be debated at the local level in some communities around the country. Tying the topic to the mid-term elections, Flagstaff Arizona voters rejected Proposition 418, which proposed to bring that city’s minimum wage in line with the rest of the state ($11 in 2019 & $12 in 2020), defeating a business-backed…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

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State Preemptions

As more municipalities get involved in mandating what have historically fallen within the purview of the state or federal government, the notion of passing state preemptions becomes more important. On the matter of salary history bans, the state of Michigan recently took precisely that action, sending Senate bill 353 to Governor Rick Snyder for his…

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