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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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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