Webinar on Reopening Today at Noon

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is sponsoring another “don’t-miss” webinar today, May 8 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM. Attorney Robert Bernstein, a partner with the Laner Muchin Law Firm out of Chicago will be presenting: Reopening Your Business: A Legal Guide for Franchisees. As COVID-19 restrictions on businesses begin to ease in a…

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New York Minimum Wage Issues

Although no surprise to anyone, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals has formally rejected the National Restaurant Association challenge to the state’s fast food minimum wage.  The decision was rendered a few weeks ago by the Industrial Board of Appeals, which is appointed by the Governor, on a challenge to the $15 fast food…

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Fallout from the NLRB McDonald’s Decision

Recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) raise important questions about labor law. In the actions involving McDonald’s, the NLRB prosecutor is contending that McDonald’s and its franchisees should be considered the “joint employers” of the employees who work at McDonald’s franchise restaurants. On the surface, franchisees might expect their interests to align…

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Member Meetings Begin Anew

The first of the 2015 DDIFO Member Meetings, the Mid-Atlantic District Meeting, has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  It is scheduled as a luncheon meeting, with networking opportunities beginning at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon and the meeting concluding at 3:00 PM.  We are finalizing…

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Franchisees Could Receive Money from Interchange Fee Settlement

In what was billed as the largest private antitrust settlement in American history, credit card giants Visa and MasterCard have agreed to a $5.7 billion dollar settlement to a class action lawsuit brought by retailers who claimed the companies conspired to fix the interchange fees retailers are charged when customers pay with credit cards. The…

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“Charbucks” Beats Starbucks In Appeals Court Decision

A family-owned New Hampshire coffee roaster has prevailed in an 11 year old case of alleged trademark violation.  In Starbucks Corp et al v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee d/b/a Black Bear Micro Roastery, the New York based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Starbucks failed to prove that consumers would be confused by a…

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Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware

The case of Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware is an Illinois lawsuit that has been appealed to the Illinois Supreme court. The case stems from a disclaimer in the Ace Hardware Franchise Agreement that states that the franchisee couldn’t rely on anything outside the franchise agreement. In considering the purchase of a franchise,…

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Department of Labor Restricts Employer-Directed Tip Distribution Even When Affected Employees Are Paid Above the Minimum Wage

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division issued important new directives to its field investigators.  These directives will impact employers who employ individuals who pool gratuities.  The Wage and Hour Division’s Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2012-2 rejects the ruling of a Federal appeals court and advises field staff that the department’s 2011…

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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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