Union Seeks Exemption from Minimum Wage

Speaking of minimum wages, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor submitted a minimum wage hike proposal to the Santa Monica City Council that exempts the union from the $15/hour wage they advocate.  The union hid the exemption, which would allow those employers with collective bargaining agreements to pay less than the minimum in the…

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Still Waiting on Governor Brown

We still await Governor Jerry Brown signing the Franchise Relations Act into law out in California.  The bill was passed unanimously by both branches of the California legislature last month and sent for the Governor’s signature.  We encourage all franchise owners to take a moment to write the Governor and urge him to sign the…

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California Fair Franchise Legislation

We are now waiting for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the California Franchise Relations Act, which passed both branches of the California legislature on unanimous votes, into law.  Although we hope he will sign it, we also encourage California franchise owners to contact the Governor’s office and urge him to do so.

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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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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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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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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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Dunkin’  Q2 Earnings

John Gordon, DDIFO restaurant analyst, reported on yesterday’s Dunkin’ Q2 earnings call and advised that Dunkin’ US was in at least fair shape, with reported comps of +2.9%, and transactions were said to be +.6%, with which they were “satisfied”. The SSS KCup cannibalization was said to be .6%, due to the CPG rollout. There…

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Agreement Moves California Franchise Relations Act

An agreement reached this week between franchisees, represented by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA), on behalf of the franchisor community, has smoothed out the road for AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act, to be sent to the Governor for his approval this year.  In the wake of…

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