Northeast Regional In-Person Meeting

We are “all systems go!” and looking forward to getting back together with the franchisee at the June 23 Northeast Regional Meeting at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Register now for “Protect Yourself and Your Dunkin’ in the New Normal” and learn the details of the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave requirements in…

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Within a Couple Hours of O’Hare?

Did you know the Secure Choice Savings Program is changing? Were you aware of the changes to the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act?  How about the Mayor’s Chi Biz Strong Initiative? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you need to register for the Chicago Regional Meeting on June 16 at…

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Were You Aware of House 3702?

If you weren’t aware of Maine trying to end at-will employment, or that House Bill 3702 was signed into Massachusetts law last week or you don’t know what its passage may mean for your Dunkin’, then you would be well-advised to register now for the June 23 Northeast Regional Meeting at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel…

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NLRB Enhancing Enforcement

National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr two weeks ago issued a new Memorandum (GC 21-03) to the NLRB field offices significantly adjusting agency enforcement priorities under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). GC 21-03 points to the increased workplace health and safety issues relating from the COVID-19 pandemic…

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House Passes PRO Act

Wasting no time in the wake of passing the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief legislation, the U.S. House also this week passed the latest iteration of the Protecting Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and sent it to the Senate. The legislation, which has passed the House in prior sessions only to die in the then-republican…

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EEOC Approves MOU with Justice and Labor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) formally authorized entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other agencies to improve collaboration and enforcement of federal labor laws. The full complement of 5 EEOC Commissioners (3 republican & 2 democrat members) met publicly, albeit virtually, for the first time in quite a while to discuss and…

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And Another Decision Overturned

It would seem that getting the full complement of NLRB Members in place and ridding it of Obama overreach may lighten the workload for the federal court system quite a bit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit earlier this week overturned another NLRB decision that came out of Portland, Oregon. The management…

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On and Off Stage at the 2015 National Conference

Rob Branca Before his career as a Dunkin’ Donuts owner and franchise industry expert, Rob Branca practiced law at the firm of Lisa & Sousa in Providence, RI. He worked closely with many Dunkin’ franchisees, setting up their business entities and real estate transactions—all the while gaining valuable insight into how family businesses operate and…

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Limiting your Legal Liability for Employee Compensation Claims

As a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, you and your labor lawyer should immediately audit your franchise’s compensation practices. Lawsuits for unpaid minimum and overtime wages are on the rise, and several Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in the northeast have been the targets of lawsuits and Department of Labor investigations. In September 2014, a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee near…

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NLRB Running Amok

In continuing a string of anti-business rulings, the National Labor Relations Board has again come down hard on standard business decisions, ruling recently that an employer’s enforcement of a workplace policy prohibiting employees from disseminating confidential information, such as personal or financial information violated the National Labor Relations Act and was therefore illegal.  The particular…

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