California Fair Franchising Bill Up For Vote

Our latest information is that the fair franchising legislation (SB 610) close to final enactment in the California Assembly could come up for a vote as soon as next week.  In fact, the IFA, which has been working hard to defeat this bill which will help restore a small bit of balance to the franchisor/franchisee…

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Tips Still a Problem in Massachusetts

Despite getting our clarifying tip-pooling language passed in the House again this year (and defeated by one vote in the Senate for the second time in a row), the provision did not survive an economic development conference committee’s final report, thereby killing the effort for the current legislative session.  Ambiguities in Massachusetts’ law, specifically the…

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Elsewhere in California

We remind franchisees and those concerned with the inequities in the franchise industry that California’s fair franchising legislation (SB 610) is headed to another vote when the legislature returns on August 4 from their summer recess.  The bill, which among other provisions, would mandate “good faith and fair dealing” and preserve a franchisee’s right to…

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Baltimore Adopts Nation’s Strictest Youth Curfew Law

The city of Baltimore, where a youth curfew has been on the books for over 20 years, recently enacted the strictest such curfew law in the country.  The new curfew requirement, which will take effect on August 15, requires that children between the ages of 14 and 16 be off the streets and home by…

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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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Seattle’s $15/Hour Minimum Creates Buzz

Seattle’s adoption of a $15/hour minimum wage has generated plenty of news buzz and reaction from a host of areas.  As we reported last week, the International Franchise Association (IFA) filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law under both state and federal constitutions for violating a slew of constitutional provisions.  Media coverage of…

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Chicago And Others Considering $15/Hour Ordinance

Last week, we reported that elected officials in the “City by the Bay” had reached agreement on an effort to put a $15/hour minimum wage proposal before San Francisco voters as a ballot referendum this coming fall.  Now, the issue has been raised for consideration in Chicago as just a few weeks back, several Alderman…

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On The Positive Side Of The Minimum Wage Ledger

As discouraging from the small business perspective as minimum wage news from around the country has been over the last several months, there actually is some good news, albeit limited in scope and reach.  Nonetheless, a few months ago, organized labor and some of their supporters in lower wage positions pushed the city leadership in…

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California Hearing On SB 610

Earlier this month, the California Fair Franchising bill (SB 610) was amended and recommitted to the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee in the Assembly.  A new hearing has been scheduled on the bill next Tuesday, June 24.  It is crucial that all California-based franchisees express their strong support to the committee.  SB 601 would…

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House Votes to Extend Section 179 Expensing

The US House last week by a vote of 272 – 144 approved the reinstatement of Section 179 expensing, one of the important tax extenders that was allowed to expire at the end of 2013.  When Section 179 expensing expired, the limit for taxpayers dropped from $500,000 to $25,000 per year – the House’s action…

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