Connecticut Sexual Harassment Law Expanded

In our haste to keep an eye on and advise you of all the various legal changes that have occurred over the past few months in all states across the Dunkin’ footprint, we seem to have missed a couple of changes that took effect in Connecticut this week. First, Connecticut’s minimum wage increased by $0.90/hour…

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SEIU Targets Service Plaza QSRs

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their Fight for $15 effort now appear to be targeting roadside service plazas for their latest unionization efforts, and the strategy will be a tough one to defeat. Clearly, the roadside service areas are government-owned, making protests and rallies at the sights more politically potent. On Wednesday, the…

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Connecticut Looks for Compromise on 80/20 Rule

In the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify state law relative to the so-called 80/20 rule. In essence, the bill would have codified what the state labor department had been advising businesses for years – that for workers with blended duties (functions for which they receive…

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Food Trucks Rolling Into Play?

Three different communities in three different states this past week began entertaining legislation that will ease further entry of food trucks into the marketplace. The Chicago suburb of Barrington, Illinois is considering legislation to allow food trucks to operate in certain areas where businesses may have requests them or on private parking lots with the…

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Lamont Signs Connecticut Paid Family Leave

As we anticipated and advised you weeks ago, Governor Ned Lamont signed the expansion of the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) into law on Tuesday of this week. Under the law, which becomes effective in January 2022, all employees in the Constitution State will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid…

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Paid Family Leave Programs Spreading

Just a few weeks ago, we advised you that Maine became the first state to adopt a universal paid family leave plan allowing employees to use the benefit for any reason. This week, Nevada joined Maine in that category when it adopted its own universal paid family leave law. The Nevada program applies to employers…

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Connecticut Hikes Minimum Wage to $15

With final passage of a new minimum wage law in Connecticut happening last week, it is only a matter of time – and likely only days – until it is officially ‘on the books’. Governor Ned Lamont has promised to sign the bill into law. In its final form, HB 5004, An Act Increasing the…

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For this Florida Franchisee Success is All In The (Extended) Family

If there’s one thread that runs through John Griffey’s success story as a Dunkin’ franchisee, it is family—particularly if you include the extended family he’s developed during his two decades in the business. “It really is a family business,” says Griffey. “Myself and my wife Jean, Jim and Judy Yoakum, the Zepka family in Connecticut,…

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Doctor Groups Target Sugary Drinks

Two medical advocacy groups joined the sugary drinks fray this week with issuance of a joint policy statement asking legislators to limit sugary drink consumption. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are endorsing price hikes on sugary drinks through imposition of new excise taxes as well as adopting limits on advertising…

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CT Governor Wants Soda & Plastic Bag Taxes –

On the subject of increasing taxes, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont put himself front and center with submission of his FY2020 state budget. The spending plan, which Lamont rolled out last week, includes a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages which he projected would raise over $163 million. Although a number of cities…

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