Fair Franchising Bill Advances in California

Although it is still early in the current session, we’re happy to report that the California Franchise Relations Act (Fair Franchising bill) has been advanced by the two committees which have considered it at this point.  As we reported last week, the Judiciary Committee advanced the bill last week on a 7 – 2 vote. …

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California Fair Franchising Clears First Hurdle

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act which was vetoed last year by Governor Brown, was heard before the Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary and passed favorably on to the Committee on Business and Professions.  The bill still has a long way to go, but it was refined from last year’s version to address concerns the…

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California Fair Franchising Up For Hearing

The California legislature is prepared to again move forward with franchise relations legislation that will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship in the Golden State.  AB 525, filed jointly by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, is scheduled for a hearing next week in the state capitol in…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Retail Worker Bill of Rights Takes Effect

An issue about which we advised you about a number of weeks back has come full circle out on the West Coast as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights has been allowed to take effect in the City by the Bay without the Mayor’s signature.  San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee took no action on the…

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And At The State Level

Let’s take a break from federal headaches for the moment and look at some action at the state level. As Governor Chris Christie moves closer to a possible presidential bid, legislators in New Jersey are teeing up an extensive mandatory paid leave bill in Trenton that would require all employers to provide one hour paid…

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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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