What’s Brewing: Spring Regulations, Innovations & Automation, Unions, AB5 challenge

For two years, Dunkin’ franchisees have had to operate under unprecedented regulatory conditions due to the pandemic – from mandatory store shutdowns to proof-of-vaccination orders. But could the regulatory nightmare finally be coming to an end? It sure looks like it, based on political and coronavirus-immunity trends of late. Still, there will be no shortage…

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Unemployment in a Mandate Maze

In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow…

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SCOTUS Expands I-9

In a 5-4 decision along ideological lines this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) expanded the potential use I-9 information for the potential prosecution of state crimes as well. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which created the I-9 form, states that the information “may not be used for purposes…

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Getting Sick of Paid Leave?

With the upcoming turn of the calendar, a host of new cities and states will mandate paid leave for employees of private businesses. The new paid sick leave law in Washington state becomes effective on January 1 and is structured as somewhat of a government-sponsored “insurance” program, funded in part by employers with monies deducted…

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A Franchisee’s Challenge: Selling more coffee in an emerging market

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012. “Making Midwest customers more aware of the high quality of…

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