OSHA Updates COVID Guidance

Last week, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued updated guidance on preventing COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance, entitled Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, is meant to help employers protect (1) unvaccinated employees (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk employees, including those who are immunocompromised,…

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DDIFO National Conference

The DDIFO National Conference has been an annual event the Dunkin’ franchise owner community has always looked forward to and supported. From the opening cocktail reception to our business members’ sponsorships and exhibits, to the Annual DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction luncheon, the National Conference always seemed to be a highlight for all involved. After…

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Turning the Corner – Or Enough’s Enough?

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States in earnest and the accompanying business lockdowns, mask mandates and social distance dictates, many elected officials are moving to get back to normal. Atop the list seems to be Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order this past Tuesday rescinding…

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Training and Certifying Staff in a COVID World with Always Food Safe

Training new and existing employees is critical to successfully running your operation. Proper training can reduce turnover, improve performance, lower costs and heighten the safety of you staff and customers. With the restrictions of COVID, we are now forced to modify training and find other ways to get staff the necessary and required training. Most…

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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…

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New Jersey Workplace Protocols Effective

Responding to the latest spike in COVID-19 cases in the Garden State, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed another executive order last week that became effective yesterday, November 5, 2020. The new order applies to all employers that allow or require that their employees be physically present in the workplace during their shift. Executive Order…

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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…

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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…

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Cuomo Giveth and de Blasio Taketh Away?

Or is it the other way around? Either way, as they wrestle with their competing God complexes, it’s the private business owners in the Big Apple that are suffering. Just a few days after New York City restaurants were allowed to begin a (very) limited reopening process (25% indoor capacity), New York Mayor de Blasio…

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Dunkin’ Doings

It was overall a good report card for Dunkin’ with release yesterday by See Level HX of its 20th annual QSR Drive-Thru study. The 2020 version of this study added a new and unique component in that it reported generally – without identifying brands – on specific COVID-19 related safety issues and noted that 91.3%…

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