California Getting Tougher on Business

In the overall scheme of things, one has to wonder what’s happening in and to California. Aside from expanding the scope of family and medical leave mandates on employers and the rolling blackouts it’s experienced this year, the state is clearly going in different directions from the rest of the country. A new version of…

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California Court Dismisses Prop 65 Lawsuit

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has finally put an end to a nine-year old court case in California where the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) challenged a state regulation issued by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) exempting chemicals in coffee from being listed as carcinogens as required…

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California Eyeing Retroactive Tax Hike

As many, if not most states, focus on how they can revive business and get their economies back on track, elected officials in the California legislature are looking at going in a different direction. Senators in the California Senate resurrected and amended AB 1253 two weeks ago recommitting it to the Committee on Government and…

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Tale of Two Approaches

As Congress gets closer to possibly another economic recovery legislation, and the clamor to date has been for as much a $1 trillion in relief to state and local government, we’ve now entered FY 2021 budget. With tax receipts significantly reduced, every state and local government is facing some tough budget decisions. A quick look…

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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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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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California Plows Ahead With Minimum Wage Hike

As we have advised in the past, a provision in the California minimum wage law that former Governor Jerry Brown insisted upon allows for postponement of a mandated increase in the minimum wage during uncertain economic times. Hard to fathom but apparently the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression doesn’t meet that standard for…

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California Crisis

Notwithstanding the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented across the nation’s economy – from workers to small business owners to corporate executives, there are those – many of whom are in elected office – who just “can’t let a good crisis go to waste”! To that end, a proposal pending in the California Assembly…

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The Drive-Thru’s Humble Beginnings: A rubber hose and a two-way speaker

In what may best be described as a case of synchronicity, the year that Dunkin’ founder William Rosenberg opened up his first Open Kettle restaurant, a burger stand 3,000 miles away became the first fast food location to institute drive-thru business. That was 1948, and while these two pioneering concepts would one day prove to…

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