CFA in the News & in Your Corner

We’ve often written about an event that been sponsored or an issue that’s being highlighted for action by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA). When we do, many of our readers may not immediately see the tremendous value that our affiliation with this national organization provides Dunkin’ franchisees as well as franchise owners in any…

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Real News or Fake News: How do you respond when stories go viral?

There are plenty of great stories about restaurants and food that go viral. There’s the one about Mr. Fries Man in Gardena, California, whose variations on the French fry include melted cheese, braised oxtail and Caribbean jerk sauce. Mr. Fries Man only takes orders on the social platform Instagram, and things really got sizzling for…

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Maine Restricts Employer Social Media Policies

Along a similar line, the state of Maine put in place a social media privacy law for both public and private employers.  The new law, which will take effect on October 15 of this year, prohibits an employer from requiring and employee/applicant to disclose their personal social media accounts or add anyone to their list…

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NLRB Broadens Its Reach

In one of its more recent rulings, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board found against an employer (Boch Imports, Inc.) who maintained employee handbook provisions the NLRB said were too broad. The case, which was initially filed in 2012, centered on the employer’s dress code, which prohibited employees from wearing any pins,…

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Connecticut Tightens Controls on Employers

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland and Boston (and also our speakers at yesterday’s Maine District Meeting) reminded us that a few weeks back, Connecticut implemented a new law further restricting employers as relates social media.  Governor Daniel Malloy signed a law that prohibits an employer from requesting that an applicant or…

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Social Media

By Adam Goldman and Sarah Resnick Not everyone is comfortable navigating social media, but it’s hard to argue the benefits that a well thought out social media strategy can have on your business. Consider these numbers: There are nearly 1.3 billion Facebook users on Planet Earth, about 60 percent of whom log in at least…

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More Employment Law Issues On The Horizon

As minimum wage issues continue across the country, we note more states are now looking at expanding non-wage benefits for employees and putting additional restraints on business employment practices.  Back on the east coast, the Massachusetts Senate this week approved a bill barring employers from requiring workers or job applicants from disclosing their social media…

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Massachusetts Bill Would Prohibit Social Media Inquiries

More along the lines of restricting employers’ abilities to learn as much about their job applicants as they may deem appropriate, a proposal passed in the Massachusetts state Senate as an amendment to the state budget would prohibit an employer from asking for access to an employee or applicant’s social media pages.  The issue had…

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DD Ranks Third In Digital Gifting

In “Digital Gift Cards: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly”, a new report by RSR Research, Dunkin’ finished 3rd in the overall retail category.  The rating measured how effectively companies are utilizing digital gifting and studied a wide array of retailers on a variety of criteria including the ease of finding gift cards, their…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 1st, 2013 – Fair Franchising, CFA Lobby Day, Tip Pooling, Social Media

Outstanding News from the Golden State – In a hard fought political battle, the Good Guys prevailed in the California Senate this week when the Senate formally advanced the Fair Franchising legislation (SB 610) by a vote of 22 – 12.  The legislation which would, among other things, provide an affirmative right of good faith and fair…

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