An Act amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

Amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties. Click to download the full Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

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Governor Signs $10 California Minimum Wage

As was expected, California Governor Jerry Brown this past week signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage in California to $10 per hour by 2016.  Under the new law, the current minimum wage of $8.00 will increase to $9 in July and then to $10, the highest in the nation, in January of…

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Home Stretch for California Fair Franchising Bill

As you know from our reports over the past few months, a mild version of fair franchising legislation, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection this coming Tuesday, August 13.  A great effort has been undertaken by franchisees and their supporters in the California legislature and we…

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The 40 Hour Work Week

Wouldn’t have thought the notion of a 40-hour work week would be particularly newsworthy, but this past week, the issue was front and center in the weekly Republican Radio Address as US Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) said that because of Obamacare and the implications of the 30-hour work week threshold, many workers would…

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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Swipe Fees In The News Again

In the latest round in the Swipe Fee settlement case, a federal judge ruled this week that banks and credit card companies had charged “inappropriately” inflated fees for debit cards in retail transactions.  In his ruling, Judge Richard Leon said the Fed set swipe fees that yielded “billions of dollars” more than Congress intended when…

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Class Actions and Sales Tax cases

As we comb the courts for examples of cases involving franchising, restaurants and labor law, we try to home in on those that could impact Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. In this issue of Independent Joe, we want to bring you up to date on a series of cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which…

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Time to renovate or remodel your Dunkin Donuts shop?

Time to renovate or remodel your shop?

Depending on where you are in your renovation/remodel cycle, now might be the time to remodel. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced a bill to make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold improvements and retail improvements. The bill would allow restaurateurs, landlords and other…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 5, 2013 – NYC’s 500th Store, Tip Pooling, CFA Lobby Day

Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate – Not only big news, but Good News!  The big story of the week was the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015 – coincidentally after the 2014 mid-term congressional elections, but whatever their reasons . . .  The delay in…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 28, 2013 – NLRB Appointments, Tip Pooling, Employee Payment

Supreme Court To Review NLRB Appointments – President Obama’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which were ultimately declared illegal, continue to make news.  The three appointments, made while the Senate was still in session, were negated by the courts.  Consequently, any decisions (most of which were anti-business) by the NLRB after the…

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