NLRB and Joint-Employer, Again

Notwithstanding the judicial pounding the Obama administration and its regulatory schemes have been taking by the courts (and the electorate), the National Labor Relations Board is not deterred.  The agency recently announced they will appoint 5 administrative law judges from the Social Security Administration to replace those scheduled to retire at the end of this…

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New Joint-Employer Suit Filed

As courts strike down more of the Obama administration’s revised regulations, one of them that may most directly impact franchising served as the basis for another class action suit this week as more employees with a grievance try to get the “deep pockets” into court for liability.  This case was brought in Cook County, Illinois…

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Miscellaneous

A California customer of Krispy Kreme has filed a $5 million dollar class action lawsuit for false and misleading business practices against the North Carolina based chain.  The suit contends that four of the company’s donuts do not contain raspberries, blueberries or maple as the company claims.  The suit was filed in the US Court…

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Dunkin’ Doings

New Dunkin’ President David Hoffman has been making the rounds with a focus on franchisee relations. In addition, he met with analysts to discuss his first few weeks on the job.  In the meeting with analysts, Hoffman cited his experience in working alongside franchisees at McD and said he already has begun working with DNKN…

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Miscellaneous

The historic election of 2016 may have captured most of the news over the past several weeks, but there have been other items of note that we want to be sure you were aware of.  McDonald’s seemed to be making news left & right over the past few weeks . . . first off, a…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ announced yesterday a ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverage marketing agreement with Coca Cola. Coke will manufacture, bottle and distribute the premixed, cold coffee based beverages, which will be sold in shop. With no capital investment, this promotes Dunkin’s brand royalty economic story and although no financial terms were announced, Dunkin’ may receive an up-front payment…

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Miscellaneous

QSR last week released its QSR Top 50 listing and Dunkin’ came in as the 7th best limited-service restaurant brand in the nation.  QSR gave Dunkin’ much credit for its aggressive growth plans as well as for its ‘impressive strides” with outreach.  McDonald’s held the top spot followed by Starbucks and Subway in 2nd and…

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Miscellaneous

So, for those who are caught up in the new Pokémon Go fad, McDonalds is making a major move by partnering with the game developer, Niantic, to make all McDonalds store in Japan a PokéStop.  A PokéStop is a location where players can have the Pokémon they have already captured battle each other.  The game,…

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Miscellaneous

With many caught up in the new Pokémon Go fad, McDonalds is making a major move by partnering with the game developer, Niantic, to make all McDonalds store in Japan a PokéStop.  A PokéStop is a location where players can have the Pokémon they have already captured battle each other.  The game, which uses a cell…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks is acquiring an ownership stake in Italian bakery Princi, with 4 locations in Italy and one in central London.  The company also made headlines this week when it announced that it was increasing wages across the board by 5% up to the manager level and adding further enhancements…

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