Illinois Bans the Box on Job Applications

Seemingly following suit with a handful of other state around the country, Illinois legislature recently passed and Governor Quinn signed into law legislation that “bans the box” on job application questionnaires.  “Ban the box” legislation restricts the ability of potential employers to ask applicants about any criminal record they may have until such time as…

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Illinois Adds Pregnancy Accommodation to Human Rights Act

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that provide additional protections for pregnancy and childbirth.  Under the amendments, pregnancy is defined to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.”  The law also takes effect on January 1, 2015 and its key…

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Chicago To Push Minimum Wage At City Level

In a reversal of his earlier position on the issue, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel this week announced that he will try to pass a minimum wage ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the Windy City to $13/hour by 2018 – regardless of what is done with the minimum wage at the state level in Illinois. …

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Illinois

Illinois franchisees will want to mark their calendars for the May 14 DDIFO meeting, to be held at the Westin OHare Hotel in Rosemont.  Employment law experts from the noted Chicago firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson will be presenting on Illinois’ concealed carry laws, medical marijuana, wage and hour and a host…

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New Proposed Government Rule

Just to keep those of you who may own CMLs or otherwise transport food products alert, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed new rule for the sanitary transportation of food, that will require certain shippers of food to take steps to prevent contamination during transport.  The proposal would create a host of…

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100 Years Advocating Restaurants

How time flies!  As we’ve told you before, 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of DDIFO as an organization representing Dunkin’s Independent Franchise Owners and we’re proud of it.  Out in the mid-west though, the Illinois Restaurant Association is celebrating 100 years of advocacy for the restaurant industry in Illinois.  They too will celebrate their history…

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Chicago Adds $1 Million to Business Microlending

Chicago franchisees should check into the city’s program for microlending to assist small businesses.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week that he was adding $1 Million to the Chicago Microlending Institute for the lending program.  To date, the city reports having helped some 110 small businesses in Chicago with over $900,000.

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Chaos Is Common Thread As ObamaCare Health Exchanges Open

In this the first week when state health exchanges are open for new enrollments, chaos seems to be one of the few consistencies.   The New York state health exchange opened for business on October 1 and then promptly posted a note on their website explaining that the exchange had been overwhelmed, was having log-in issues…

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