California, Here We Come…

California’s great gold rush started in 1848. By 1855, some 300,000 came to the Golden State, hoping to strike it rich. Now, 159 years later, there is a new rush going on—this one for a share of the state’s giant coffee market. California is the nation’s most populated state—one out of eight people living in…

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Independent Joe: August/ September 2014

Those attending the Conference – where we’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an independent organization representing Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners – will also experience some cutting edge information with an outstanding program of presentations, the DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction, and an exceptional Exposition Hall with our sponsor/exhibitors providing the goods, services and products that…

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California Franchise Relations Still Waiting on Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown has not yet taken action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him a few weeks ago.  California law gives the Governor until September 30 to sign or veto the legislation, so there is still time for you to send him a letter encouraging him…

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California Franchise Relations Act Before Governor

California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown has yet to take action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him last Friday.  Under California law, the Governor generally has 12 days from the date of transmittal to sign legislation however, since he has it in his possession now when the legislature…

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California Senate Sends Fair Franchising To Governor!

Last night, by a vote of 23 – 9, the California State Senate approved SB 610, the California Fair Franchising bill, and sent it along to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  Again, this is a significant victory for the franchisee community nationally as it underscores the need for legislatures across the country to start…

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California Assembly Passes Fair Franchising!

Late yesterday afternoon, the California Assembly gave final approval to the California Fair Franchising legislation by a vote of 41 – 27!  This is a significant victory for the franchisee community across the country.  The win, coming in the face of significant resources being poured into its defeat by the IFA and other organizations reinforces the importance of continuing…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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San Diego Increases Minimum But Mayor Will Veto

This past week, San Diego joined the chorus of local communities caving in to establish local minimum wages, mandating that employers within the city pay workers a minimum of $11.50/hour by January 2017.  San Diego’s first term Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, has indicated that he will veto the ordinance, after which, the democratically controlled council…

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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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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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