A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 23, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tip Pooling, Competitor News, Hiring Issues

More West Coast Movement on Fair Franchising – Although it is not yet over, good news continues to stream out of California on the Fair Franchising initiative.  This week, the California Assembly’s Committee on the Judiciary approved the bill on a 7-2 vote with one member absent and not voting.  The bill has now been sent to the Assembly’s Committee…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 14th, 2013 – Franchisee/Franchisor Roles, Criminal Background Checks, Charity Events, Market Conditions

New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisee/Franchisor Roles – Earlier this week,Delaware Governor Jake Markell signed into law, HB55, legislation that establishes that the franchisee and franchisor relationship is actually one where the franchisee is considered an independent contractor!  The proposal passed both branches of the Delaware legislature unanimously and is similar to a bill that was passed into law in Georgia last…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 8th, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tax Reform, Swipe Fees

Inequities in Franchise Relationship Are A Global Issue – Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve reported on efforts to enact “fair franchising” legislation in Maine, California and Massachusetts.  Notwithstanding arguments by the IFA and others that infusing a more equitable balance into the franchise relationship would be devastating, the “land down under” now weighs…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 10th, 2013: Fair Franchising, New I-9 Forms, Hall of Fame

Fair Franchising – Maine franchisees from a broad array of companies testified in support of the Small Business Investment Protection Act this week before the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee of the Maine Legislature.  The bill is an outstanding fair franchising piece of legislation that enjoys much support in the Maine Franchisee community…

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National DCP’s Phoenix Facility to Drive Western Expansion

The new DCP 65,000-square-foot distribution center opened in Phoenix in October and now provides food, paper and equipment supplies to more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the southwestern states, according to Kevin Bruce, CEO of National DCP. The Phoenix center is the first located west of the Mississippi and the seventh warehouse in the…

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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Assemblyman Huffman on California’s Fair Franchising Bill

Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) speaks with Don Sniegowski from Blue MauMau about the fair franchising bill he introduced a month ago to the state of California, AB 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. The bill was introduced to various committees of the assembly on Tuesday.

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California, Vermont and Massachusetts Introduce Fair Franchising Bills

It started with Rhode Island three years ago. That was supported by franchisee groups Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners and the Coalition of Franchise Associations. DDIFO last year helped introduce a bill in Massachusetts. That is up for vote this summer. To the industry’s surprise, the Massachusetts bill was copied over to Vermont by a franchisee. And now California has introduced assembly bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act.

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