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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California Dreamin’ of Municipal Minimum Wage Patchwork

As we’ve cautioned in past issues, the ripples from Seattle’s successful implementation of a $15/hour municipal minimum wage continue to encourage other municipalities to implement their own minimum wage rules.  There are palpable efforts underway in a host of California cities to establish their own municipal minimums in excess of the state minimum which just…

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Chicago And Others Considering $15/Hour Ordinance

Last week, we reported that elected officials in the “City by the Bay” had reached agreement on an effort to put a $15/hour minimum wage proposal before San Francisco voters as a ballot referendum this coming fall.  Now, the issue has been raised for consideration in Chicago as just a few weeks back, several Alderman…

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California Hearing On SB 610

Earlier this month, the California Fair Franchising bill (SB 610) was amended and recommitted to the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee in the Assembly.  A new hearing has been scheduled on the bill next Tuesday, June 24.  It is crucial that all California-based franchisees express their strong support to the committee.  SB 601 would…

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I Left My Heart (and my bottom line) In San Francisco

We wondered aloud last week where the idea of a $15/hour minimum wage would next rear its head and it didn’t take long to find out.  On Monday of this week, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced a “negotiated compromise” that seeks to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15/hour, the highest in…

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More Minimum Wage Issues At The State Level

As if Seattle and San Francisco aren’t doing enough to damage an already shaky economy, there are a number of equally egregious and challenging proposals in a host of State Houses across the country and especially on both coasts.  California State Senator Mark Leno has his own minimum wage bill (SB 935) pending in the…

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California Call To Action

Fair franchising issues are still in the mix in the California legislature and members are encouraged to have their California counterparts contact members of the California legislature’s Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and encourage their support of SB. 610.  Members may recall that SB. 610 was withdrawn earlier this year before a vote by…

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Go West, Dunkin’, Go West

A noted California-based brand expert has come out with a very favorable outlook on Dunkin’ Donuts’ ongoing westward expansion, identifying a number of factors which she believes all point to strong growth potential for Dunkin’ in the Golden State.  Denise Lee Yohn, brand expert and author of “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles…

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More Issues From The West Coast

Perhaps not as troublesome as the Seattle actions, but equally as negative to the job creation front of small business and on a even faster track is AB1522 pending in the California Assembly.  AB 1522, which was sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would require employers to provide up to 24 hours of paid, protected sick…

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GMO Food Labeling Movement at the State Level

The Vermont State Senate by a lopsided 26 – 2 vote this week passed H 112, a bill requiring the labelling of so-called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that positions the Green Mountain state as potentially the first state in the nation to mandate the extra labeling.  The bill was amended before it cleared the Senate…

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