Home Stretch for California Fair Franchising Bill

As you know from our reports over the past few months, a mild version of fair franchising legislation, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection this coming Tuesday, August 13.  A great effort has been undertaken by franchisees and their supporters in the California legislature and we…

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New York Proposed Ban on Polystyrene Generating Letters

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of polystyrene within the city has generated over 1,000 letters of opposition to the City Council according to a story by QSRweb.com.  A proposal to eliminate the use of polystyrene was also contained in Foodworks – A Vision on Improving the NYC Food System (page 70). …

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McTrouble Brewing

Tying to the issue of fair franchising, a story in Bloomberg reports that a minor revolt is in play within the McDonalds franchise community as the franchisor seeks to improve the company’s bottom line at the expense of the individual franchisees – increasingly charging franchisees more costs including rent, remodeling and training and software fees…

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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Lest We Forget

For those who may be newer to the franchise industry, or others who may have forgotten how inequitable the franchise relationship can be, we noted problems with 2 Steak ‘n Shake franchises this week where the franchisee was terminated and subsequently sued by the franchisor.  Without knowledge of all the details – or passing judgment…

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Swipe Fees In The News Again

In the latest round in the Swipe Fee settlement case, a federal judge ruled this week that banks and credit card companies had charged “inappropriately” inflated fees for debit cards in retail transactions.  In his ruling, Judge Richard Leon said the Fed set swipe fees that yielded “billions of dollars” more than Congress intended when…

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Bloomberg Drink Ban Beaten in Court, Again

New York City’s appeal of the Supreme Court decision invalidating Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on larger sweetened drinks was rejected by the First Division of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division.  The appeals court upheld the lower court ruling that the law was unconstitutional.  Despite being rejected by two separate New York’s Mayor’s office says it…

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Fair Franchising Down Under

Members will recall that we’ve reported regularly on efforts to win passage of Fair Franchising legislation in Maine, Massachusetts and California over the past few weeks. (California’s next action is a hearing on August 13 before the Committee on Business and Consumer Protection.)  Well, while our opponents continue the chorus that legislation is not necessary,…

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Law of Unintended Consequences

There is currently an increasing discussion ongoing relative to the idea of increasing the minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour.  Against that backdrop, Restaurant News.com carried a story this week on the possible replacement of workers with machines.  It speaks to how some jobs can ultimately be automated out of existence! Reading it…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 24th – Lt. Gov. Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference, Taxes, Hall of Fame Nominees, DBI Earnings

Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference – DDIFO continues to add exciting components to our lineup for the 2013 National Conference.  This week we confirmed that New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will address DDIFO attendees on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 AM.  Lt. Governor Guardano also serves the Garden State as its Secretary of State and leads…

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