Help on the Way?

While Congress fiddles and diddles with (hopefully) another Coronavirus relief package, some cities and states are using funds received from the earlier federal relief bills to craft grants to help small businesses recover from the economic effects of the pandemic shutdowns. As one case in point, we noted Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is launching…

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What’s Brewing: Ad Tax Threats, Property Tax Hikes, Sales Tax

The last five months have been a trying time for Dunkin’ franchise owners and quick-service restaurants across the country. Now operators face a new threat to their bottom lines: cash-hungry city and state governments. Facing huge budget deficits in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – and the harsh blow it has delivered to the…

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Pandemic Puts Pressure on Urban Locations

On a typical weekday, any Dunkin’ in an urban setting would be bustling: walkers, commuters awaiting public transportation, tourists, and students would populate the register lines while the plan-ahead types would breeze in and out of the mobile pickup station. But since the COVID-19 pandemic first prompted shutdowns across the U.S. in March, urban franchisees…

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DC Rethinks Impact, Rejects Advertising Tax

Just a few weeks ago, the Washington DC City Council seemed hell-bent on balancing its municipal budget on the backs of already suffering businesses, but at long last, common sense has apparently prevailed. The DC Council approved a $16.8 billion budget for FY 2021 this week and in doing so, abandoned a new 3 percent…

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Outside COVID-19, More New Mandates

Although most businessmen and women during the past three months of the coronavirus pandemic have rightly focused on keeping their business operating or how to get their business back in operation when the shutdown ends, some in government have continued to focus their energies on what new dictates they can legislate on others. Washington DC…

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July Brings Minimum Wage Increases

As states around the country begin or advance the re-opening of their economies, one could easily overlook the mandated increases in state and local minimum wages that are already on the books. To avoid that problem, we advise that you check in with your employment professionals or legal counsel on changes that may be happening…

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Forget Freedom, the Mask is Mandatory!!

Without diminishing the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis that is causing such suffering and hardship, one must worry about Liberty when it is deemed illegal for residents of San Bernardino County in California to step out in public without covering their face with a mask. All religious services in the county must take place virtually…

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DC Council Pushing Cash-out Option

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus and cancelled events all across the country as well as ‘social distancing’ and business hardships resulting from the pandemic, the DC city council is advancing an ordinance that mandates additional benefits for employees in firms with 20 or more workers.. The Transportation Benefits Equity Act, proposed by councilmembers Charles…

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CFA Day Forum Scheduled in DC

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations’ 2020 CFA Day Forum has been confirmed for May 20 in Washington DC and registration is now open. This event is an exceptional opportunity for franchisees to visit with their elected representatives and senators in Congress and discuss the issues that are most impacting your business. This year, the event…

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DC Disclosure Deadlines

Deadlines have arrived for two new mandates that business owners within Washington DC must be aware of. First off, the Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) released a mandatory Paid Family Leave Employee Notice (PFL Notice) last week. The notice, required by the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) that was enacted in 2016,…

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