California, Vermont and Massachusetts Introduce Fair Franchising Bills

It started with Rhode Island three years ago. That was supported by franchisee groups Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners and the Coalition of Franchise Associations. DDIFO last year helped introduce a bill in Massachusetts. That is up for vote this summer. To the industry’s surprise, the Massachusetts bill was copied over to Vermont by a franchisee. And now California has introduced assembly bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act.

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DDIFO Along With the CFA are Listed Supporters of the Small Business Tax Cut Act

Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) along with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and other franchisee associations have all signed on to support The Small Business Tax Cut Act which was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The tax cut bill, if passed, would decrease small business owners’ taxable income and increase bottom lines. Specifically, The Small Business Tax Cut Act would allow franchise owners to deduct 20 percent of their income from taxes, up to 50 percent of their W-2 wages.

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Tim Horton’s Ruling may be a Cautionary Tale for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners

A Canadian court ruling involving Tim Horton’s may be cautionary tale for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. The case was brought by a group of Tim Horton’s franchise owners after they were forced to sell items at below cost and switch to more expensive pre-baked donuts from a supplier affiliated with the franchisor. Franchise attorney Eric H. Karp of the Boston firm Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan, LLP, closely followed this case and kept DDIFO apprised of its developments. After the decision was announced, DDIFO commissioned him to write a comprehensive summary of this ruling.

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Northeast Members Meeting Recounts Success, Looks to Future Challenges

DDIFO members from the Northeast region gathered on March 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts, to mark their successes and prepare for tomorrow as they networked with fellow franchisees and DDIFO Sponsors, heard from compelling speakers, and exchanged ideas and concerns. The theme for the DDIFO Spring Northeast Members Meeting—Where Do We Go from Here? Onward & Forward!—conveyed the accomplishments Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have achieved over the past few years as well as the constant eye franchisees and DDIFO keep on the road ahead.

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Coffee Servers Should Be Eligible to Receive Tips

In Massachusetts, one regulation is not only harming small businesses, it’s also taking money out of the pockets of employees in virtually every city and town. Massachusetts’ tip-pooling law is preventing people who work behind the counter at Dunkin’ Donuts and other quick service restaurants from receiving tips. Leaving extra change—or an occasional dollar bill—in a tip cup is a time-honored tradition for Bay State coffee drinkers.

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Exemplary Customer Service to Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees Is Key Ingredient at The Hill Agency

When it comes to commercial insurance, it’s easy to feel lost in a fog of jargon, legal requirements and confusing options. DDIFO (Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners) Sponsor The Hill Agency, Inc. cuts through the haze, keeping a constant eye on industry changes and working diligently to identify the right coverage at the right price for the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners it serves. Based in Endicott, New York, The Hill Agency is licensed to provide commercial and personal insurance services in New York State and Pennsylvania. The agency is pursuing licensure in New Jersey as well, largely to accommodate more Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.

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