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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California Franchise Relations Hearing on Tuesday

Although scheduled for this past week, the California Senate Business & Professions Committee delayed its hearing on AB525, the Fair Franchising legislation until this coming Tuesday, July 14.  Talks between the opposing sides on the bill continue and the Committee appears hopeful of resolving a number of sticking points before calling the measure for a…

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California Teachers Challenge Union Dues Requirement

SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of the United States, has granted a petition and will hear a case brought by Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other California Teachers challenging the requirement that they pay the equivalent of full union dues in order to retain their position as public teachers.  The non-profit law firm, Center for Individual Rights,…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

It seems to be the issue that gives us more and more fodder each week and this week is no exception to highlight minimum wage issues.  First off, there is still a great deal of activity in Missouri over the question as municipalities scramble to try and beat the August 28 effective date of a…

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Fair Franchising Advances

Earlier this week, the Senate Business & Professions Committee gave its approval to AB-525, the California Franchise Relations Act.  As we’ve told you in past issues, the bill has been refined further this legislative session to eliminate concerns that Governor Jerry Brown expressed last year when he vetoed the bill at the 11th hour.  His…

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California Hearing Delayed Until Monday

The public hearing before the Business & Professions Committee in the California Senate on AB525, the California Franchise Act, was pushed off one week and the next hearing is now slated to take place on Monday, June 29.  It is believed that negotiations seeking compromises between opposing sides of the legislation prompted the one week…

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