COVID Relief Talks Back in Play

As we move closer to the transition – Congressional as well as Presidential – in Washington DC, long-stalled negotiations on a new COVID-19 stimulus package gained new life. Democratic leaders quickly seemed to rally being $908 billion bipartisan proposal with an eye on winning sufficient support in the republican-led Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

Read More »

Independent Joe #64 October/November 2020

Smack in the middle of the COVID-challenged 2020 NFL season, Inspire Brands sealed the deal to acquire Dunkin’ Brands International for the phenomenal price of $11.3 billion. Congratulations to all the players on these two (soon to be one) teams. A new owner is taking over an established and successful franchised brand. What could possibly…

Read More »

OSHA Updates FAQ on Face Coverings

In the seemingly non-stop evolution of face covering mandates, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance on face coverings, this time to coincide with CDC recommendations. In response to the posed question of whether OSHA will consider face coverings to be an integral part of…

Read More »

A Vaccine on the Way?

As we enter flu season, and likely with a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon from at least two different pharmaceutical firms, employers should be mindful of compliance concerns regarding employees being required to receive certain vaccinations. For those who missed yesterday’s CFA Webinar (COVID-19 Sticking Points: Mandatory Vaccinations and Other Developing Issues) featuring attorneys from…

Read More »

With COVID Spikes, Restrictions Multiply

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, coronavirus-driven business shutdowns and closures are not only becoming more widespread, but much more extreme, as well! Notwithstanding a better than 99.5% survival rate along with the imminent approval of a couple of potentially highly effective vaccines, governors across the country are ordering curfews, business closings and behavioral…

Read More »

Dining Restrictions Returning as COVID Spikes

More restrictions on restaurant operations are being mandated again as coronavirus infections continue to rise across the country. The latest we noted include San Francisco which will ban all indoor dining effective at midnight Friday in the face of a 250% surge in new COVID-19 cases since October 2. The order covers restaurants and food…

Read More »

CFA Webinar on COVID and PPP Loan Forgiveness

Next week on Thursday, November 19, DDIFO will host another exceptional and timely webinar sponsored by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. While the country recovers from the elections, the prospects of a virus vaccine are much improved, but the effects of COVID-19 continue to shut down franchises across…

Read More »

Staying Compliant in Delaware

Periodically, we will hear directly from some federal, state or local regulatory agencies asking us to assist with delivering a message to QSR franchisees in general, or Dunkin’ franchisees in particular, about one issue or another. Whenever possible, we try to accommodate these requests and pass along the information. Such was the case again this…

Read More »

Senate Democrats Block “Skinny” Relief Bill Again

The United States Senate again failed to muster enough votes to bring a COVID relief bill worth about $500 billion to the Senate floor for consideration. By a party line vote of 51-44, the “skinny” measure for the second time in five weeks, failed to get the 60 votes required to move it forward for…

Read More »

Whitmer Orders Invalidated But Restrictions Restored

It didn’t take long for the regulatory and legislative arms of Michigan state government to restore COVID-19 restrictions in the wake of the state Supreme Court invalidating certain executive orders and emergency COVID mandates of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The good news therein however is HB6030, currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, which provides immunity for businesses…

Read More »