Competitor News

In contrast to the more upbeat Dunkin presentation, the Starbucks CFO. Pat Grismer, also appeared before the JP Morgan Consumer Conference. He noted their US same-store sales improved from minus 19% in June to minus 11% in August. They did not expect to get back to even in the US until sometime in early 2021.…

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Second Sick Leave Law Coming to New York

Effective September 30, the state of New York will have a second sick leave law taking effect – one specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and the other, a new general employment mandate. The new benefit, which was approved as part of the state budget and ironically becomes effective on the exact same date as Governor…

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Economic Notes

As the economy continues to rebound, albeit more slowly than we’d all prefer, the leisure, food service and hospitality industries are more than pulling their weight. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the leisure and hospitality industry adding 174,000 jobs total in August, of which restaurants and bars accounted for 133,600 of them…

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GAO Releases Report to Congress on Pandemic

On Monday, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) completed and published its report to Congress on the initial government response to the COVID pandemic. The report reviews in detail the four coronavirus relief bills that have been enacted to the tune of $2.6 trillion at this point and delineates the specific obligations of the government…

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Two Months Late, New Jersey Opens Indoor Dining

At long last, New Jersey restaurants can reopen for indoor dining beginning today across the Garden State. At the beginning of the week, Governor Phil Murphy announced on Twitter that restaurants will be allowed to function at 25% of capacity beginning at 6 AM today. The state originally planned to allow 25% capacity indoor dining…

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Upcoming Webinar Wednesday Event

Members are able to register now to attend our next Webinar Wednesday event scheduled just over two weeks hence.  On Wednesday, September 16 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST, we will present “Modernize Your Business: Finance Tips for Franchise Owners during COVID-19”. This timely and informative presentation will feature Gregg Genovese, a partner with The…

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Independent Joe #63 August/September 2020

As job requirements go, these are unusual by most standards. Candidates must complete a rigorous six to 18 month-long training program, possess the skill and experience to spread joy wherever they go and, yes, have a wagging tail. That’s just some of what it takes to become a service dog for the Dunkin’ Joy in…

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And on the Flipside, There’s DC

Taking a different tack, the DC City Council on July 28 passed and the Mayor signed the Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This new law mandated that employers within the Nation’s Capital implement new social distancing measures and worker protection policies within one week, by August 20. Further, it…

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Wisconsin Employers Must Submit by Tomorrow

There’s precious little time, but the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has given employers a deadline of tomorrow, August 15, 2020 to fill out and submit Form UCB-18823-E for employees who filed their initial COVID-19 related unemployment claims for weeks after May 15, 2020. The department recently announced that employers must move quickly to…

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DDIFO Webinars Upcoming

In a recent survey we sent out, Dunkin’ franchisees indicated that they wanted us to sponsor webinars on a regular basis on a variety of topics. You asked, so we’ve responded! And we’ve got a few more lined up over the next several weeks. “Employee COVID Screenings: Tools, Compliance Tips and Best Practices for Franchise…

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