Fair Franchising Filed In New Hampshire

As we advised in last week’s issue, a fair franchising bill has also been filed in the New Hampshire legislature for consideration during the 2014 session.  Although it is not yet available in print or online, we have discussed the bill with its primary sponsor, Representative Patrick Abrami and will be working with him over…

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New Jersey Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase

Election day this past Tuesday, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative increasing the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 effective January, 2014, but more importantly amending the state constitution to index the minimum wage to inflation.  A similar bill was vetoed earlier this year by Governor Chris Christie, who interestingly was overwhelmingly…

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$15/Hour Wage Approved in SeaTac

Out on the west coast, voters appear to be passing the so-called “Good Jobs Initiative“, which will mandate a local minimum wage of $15/hour for workers in the tiny city of SeaTac.  SeaTac is a 12,000 voter community, the boundaries of which completely envelop Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Consequently, it hosts a large population of minimum…

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2nd California Dunkin’ Opens in Barstow

Dunkin’ Donuts’ expansion continues with news that the second shop in the Golden State of California opened its doors this past Monday in Barstow, California.  Dunkin’ has been aggressively signing SDAs with franchisees willing to expand their networks throughout California.

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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Important Pennsylvania Fair Franchising Hearing Coming

The House Consumer Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature will be holding an important public hearing on HB 1620 , filed by Representative Peter Daley on Tuesday, November 19.  We will be testifying on behalf of DDIFO members along with Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Chairman Keith Miller, but we would encourage many other franchisees…

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Fair Franchising Initiatives Still in Play!

Proposed legislation that would provide some degree of balance and equity in the franchisor-franchisee relationship has been considered in several states thus far this year and is still very much alive in Pennsylvania.  The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be holding a public hearing on HB 1620 on Tuesday, November 19 and DDIFO will be…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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An Act amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

Amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties. Click to download the full Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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