Branding Out

When Aziz Hashim’s family left London and moved to California, he found work at his uncle’s Burger King Restaurant and was immediately immersed in the franchise world. The job helped him pay for college. After graduating and landing a position as an electrical engineer, Hashim thought his days spent in the retail franchise business were…

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Municipal Mayhem

There was more municipal government action elsewhere on the west coast this week detrimental to small business interests as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously gave its approval to the so-called Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation that will dramatically alter retail employee scheduling rules and other facets of the employer-employee…

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Violations Are Costly

As much as we believe this type of government intrusion into business operations is detrimental to business growth and economic development, you violate them at significant risk.  We noted a story last week of a settlement facilitated by a California Labor Commissioner where the employer agreed to a $4 million settlement with employees for paying…

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Post-California Moving Fair Franchising Forward

It’s easy to see why backers of California’s historic Fair Franchising Bill feel a bit like the 2007 New England Patriots. You may remember that team that went 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, which counts as its members franchisee associations from Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway,…

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Municipal Minimum Wages

Aside from statewide initiatives, efforts, mainly in California, to mandate wage increases at the local level passed in most cities where they were considered as well.  Eureka, California was the exception that proves the rule as its voters rejected a measure that would have increased the minimum wage within the Humboldt County City to $12/hour. …

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Who’s Business-Friendly?

Speaking of interesting reports, New York based Development Counsellors International, surveyed 356 executives to determine which cities are most and least “business-friendly”.  Not surprisingly, California and New York retained their positions as the least business-friendly states in the nation from the last time the survey was conducted back in 2011.  On the positive side of…

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LA Minimum Wage Sent To Mayor For Signature

Out on the West Coast, the Los Angeles City Council surprised no one when it gave final approval to an increase in the minimum wage required for hotel workers to $15.37/hour.  The ordinance, which will likely be subjected to legal challenges from the hotel industry, was sent to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for his…

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Governor Brown Kills Franchisee Relief With SB610 Veto

California Governor Jerry Brown waited until the last day to kill the hope of restoring some semblance balance and equity to the franchise relationship in the Golden State, vetoing the California Franchise Relations Act on the 29th of September.  Had he not taken action by the 30th, the bill would have become law without his…

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Franchise Relations Act Down To The Wire

Speaking of next Wednesday, that’s when we will know whether the California Franchise Relations Act (SB 610) has been signed into law, allowed to become law without the signature of Governor Jerry Brown, or vetoed by him.  You will recall the legislature passed the bill in the latter part of August and the Governor has…

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California Back in the News As LA Votes to Hike Hotel Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles City Council this past week, on a 12 – 3 vote, took steps to dramatically increase the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour by 2017 for hotel workers in the City of Angels!  The specific proposal came about after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed gradually increasing the minimum wage for all…

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