California Fair Franchising on Governor’s Desk

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act has again reached Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature, only this time we would expect him to sign it!  The legislation, which restores some semblance of balance to the franchise relationship, was approved unanimously by both the state senate and the assembly on final votes of 37-0…

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Minimum Wage News Around the Country

The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law. …

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California Senate OKs Fair Franchise Bill

The California state senate yesterday moved the Fair Franchise bill (AB525) another step closer to becoming law when it approved the legislation and sent it to a final concurrence vote in the state Assembly before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  There were compromise amendments adopted in the senate to make the proposal…

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Independent Joe #33 August/ September 2015

The National Conference provides DDIFO the opportunity to bring together many franchise owners from around the country and present them with information on a host of issues that threaten to impact Dunkin’ franchisees in every geographic region. Whether it’s the product mix in the southwest, J-BOD issues in the southeast, kitchen challenges in the Midwest…

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Tale of Two Rulings

Employment law issues seem to be monopolizing the headlines of late and this past week was no exception, but one could call the series even in light of two decisions at the federal level.  On the one hand, the federal court upheld the termination of an employee for violating the company’s no-call/no show policy.  The…

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How’s That Minimum Wage Working?

In large measure, this push for the $15 minimum wage (orchestrated by SEIU and others in organized labor, began in earnest in Seattle, WA as the city adopted the $15/hour rate back in the spring of 2014, phasing it in over a three year period for those businesses (and franchises) with more than 500 employees…

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“One Toke Over The Line”

As medical and recreational use of marijuana gains more acceptance in states across the country, employers must be diligent in exercising care to comply with employment laws.  Bennett Law Firm advised us this week of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of the state of Colorado that found in favor of the employer.  In…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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