Brown Signs Fair Franchising Bill

At long last, California Governor Gerry Brown agreed with virtually every state legislator in the Golden State and signed the Franchise Relations Act into law last Sunday.  The bill, which had passed both legislative branches unanimously earlier in the year, was before the Governor since the final days of summer.  Last year at the eleventh…

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Pennsylvania Hears Fair Franchising Bill

Coming quickly on the heels of the success in California, the Pennsylvania legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on pending fair franchising legislation filed by state Representative Peter Daley, longtime legislator and former Quiznos franchisee.  Daley’s legislation, H.1620 (formerly known as H.1346), provides for many significant improvements…

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California Governor Vetoes Sick Leave Expansion

We told you above that Governor Gerry Brown signed the Franchise Relations Act last Sunday, but what he also did that day was veto a bill that extending existing unpaid sick leave benefits to as much as 12 weeks of job-protected leave.  The extension provided by Senate bill 406 would have allowed for leave to…

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California Has New Equal Pay Law But Not Fair Franchising

California Governor Gerry Brown, who last week made doctor-prescribed suicide legal in California and this week signed into law the strongest equal pay law in the nation, has yet to give any indication on what, if anything, he might do regarding the California Franchise Relations Act (fair franchising).  The franchising legislation passed both branches unanimously…

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Union Seeks Exemption from Minimum Wage

Speaking of minimum wages, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor submitted a minimum wage hike proposal to the Santa Monica City Council that exempts the union from the $15/hour wage they advocate.  The union hid the exemption, which would allow those employers with collective bargaining agreements to pay less than the minimum in the…

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Court Rejects IFA Appeal of Seattle Wage

A three judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rejection by the lower court of arguments raised by the International Franchise Association in its lawsuit against the City of Seattle minimum wage law.  You will recall that the IFA challenged the law as being illegally discriminatory against franchises back when…

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Portland Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Issue

A ballot campaign is now underway after the Portland Maine City Council placed a ballot initiative, sponsored by the “Portland Green Independent Committee” on the ballot for the November election.  “An Ordinance Toward a Living Wage”, which will appear on the Portland ballot will ask voters to establish a local minimum wage of $15/hour starting…

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Still Waiting on Governor Brown

We still await Governor Jerry Brown signing the Franchise Relations Act into law out in California.  The bill was passed unanimously by both branches of the California legislature last month and sent for the Governor’s signature.  We encourage all franchise owners to take a moment to write the Governor and urge him to sign the…

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Labor Commissioner Approves New York Minimum Wage

In what surprises absolutely no-one, New York state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino approved the recommendation of the Fast Food Wage Board appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Not even trying to make it look on the level, Governor Cuomo in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, announced that Commissioner Musolino had signed…

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California Fair Franchise Legislation

We are now waiting for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the California Franchise Relations Act, which passed both branches of the California legislature on unanimous votes, into law.  Although we hope he will sign it, we also encourage California franchise owners to contact the Governor’s office and urge him to do so.

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