Independent Joe #66 February/March 2021

New Dunkin’ owner Inspire Brands is not only one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, it also wants to be a leader in the collection, analysis and use of data. To that end, Inspire’s CEO Paul Brown recently created a new corporate position. Navin Sharma, a senior executive with Inspire since 2018, is…

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All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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For Philadelphia’s Sonny Ho, the Brand Always Comes First

Black, with cream. Or without cream. With sugar, without sugar. “I drink my coffee any way. I drink the mistakes,” laughs Sonny Ho. There are some who say a person’s coffee order reveals a lot about their personality. In the case of Philadelphia franchisee Sonny Ho, it couldn’t be more accurate. Ho built his career…

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Coronavirus Restrictions, Limits and Closings

As we approach the end of 2020, (aka the year from Hell) we note a number of other order that some governors, mayors, county executive or other elected officials have mandated that we weren’t able to include elsewhere and thought it would be best to just run through them. In that vein, Philadelphia Mayor Jim…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I suspect there aren’t many who haven’t seen the video of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the hair salon this past weekend – when hair salons were restricted from conducting any business inside their establishments – only outside hair dressing appointments were permitted by San Francisco but it was just one of several displays…

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Philadelphia Salary History Ban

The City of Brotherly Love officially joins the list of governments prohibiting private employers from asking prospective job applicants about their salary history at the beginning of the month. The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance becomes effective on September 1 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in February overturned a 2018 lower…

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Philly Enacts Whistleblower, Delivery Restrictions

The city of Brotherly Love has been approaching business needs from a completely different angle during the pandemic. Just over a month ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the nation’s first COVID-19 whistleblower ordinance. The “Employee Protection in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order”, or the Essential Workers Protection Act as it has…

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Municipal Loan Recovery Programs

In addition to CARES Act funds and state loan programs, a number of municipalities around the country have also launched recovery loan fund programs of some sort. The City of Chicago topped the nation in funding when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund recently. The…

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Court Upholds Salary History Ban in Philadelphia

A ban on salary history inquiries by employers in the city of Brotherly Love was upheld by a federal court some three years after the challenge was filed by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week vacated a preliminary injunction that had been granted on…

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Philadelphia Business Owner Bill of Rights

Speaking of Pennsylvania, there appears to be some good news coming out of the City of Brotherly Love lately – file under the heading: Man Bites Dog!  Specifically, we refer to the recent implementation of the Business Owners Bill of Rights. The effort is positioned as a commitment by the city of Philadelphia to improve…

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