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Hundreds of franchisees are learning they’re not small businesses, at least in the eyes of city governments. A new law that will raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 from the current $9.32 gives small businesses more time to phase in the 61% increase — seven years vs. three for large companies. But franchisees, which have ties to bigger corporations like restaurant chain Denny’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Merry Maids won’t get the reprieve even if they have just a handful of workers.



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