A Recap From Pennsylvania

For those who operate in Pennsylvania and follow our efforts to balance the franchisee-franchisor relationship in the Keystone state, we’re glad to provide you with a link to the October 21 House Consumer Affairs Committee public hearing on H.1620. You can watch the full hearing here.

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CFA Webinar on California Franchise Relations Act

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations will be offering a free webinar next Thursday, November 5, 2015 on the new California Franchise Relations Act that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a few weeks ago.  The webinar will feature two individuals instrumental in getting the legislation drafted, filed and passed over a four year span, CFA…

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Fair Franchising Heard in Pennsylvania

The House Consumer Affairs Committee took public testimony this week on H.1620, fair franchising legislation currently pending in the Pennsylvania House.  DDIFO joined the Coalition of Franchisee Associations along with the SuperCuts Franchisee Association in formal testimony before the committee and urged them to pass the proposal, which was filed by the Committee’s Minority Chairman,…

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CFA Asks for Help on Franchise Relations Bills

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has asked franchisees across the country to reach out to their Congressmen and ask for their support of two bills filed by Representative Keith Ellison (MN – 5th District).  H.R. 3196, The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 will prohibit unfair and discriminatory practices by franchisors and require all parties…

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DOL Refuses OT Comment Extension

Notwithstanding pleas from business interests around the country as well as the Advocacy Office of the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor has denied requests for extension of the public comment period.  As a result of the Department of Labor’s intransigence, all public comment on the Wage & Hour Division proposal to more than…

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SBA Advocate Asks for More Comment Time on Overtime

With the Obama administration moving full bore on implementing its new overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the business advocate’s office within the Small Business Administration has formally requested that DOL allow more time for concerned individuals and small businesses to comment on the proposal.  DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has proposed more…

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Final Weeks for Comment on Overtime Rule

Concerned businesses and individuals have only until September 4, 2015 to submit comments to the Department of Labor regarding the agency’s proposed doubling of the FLSA overtime threshold.  Public comments on the proposed change are welcomed during a 60 day window from the time the proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register.  That window…

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Urge Congress To Support Franchise Bills

We advised you a couple of weeks ago that Congressman Keith Ericson (D-MN) had filed two bills beneficial to franchise owners in the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) and the Small Business Franchise Loan Transparency Act (H.3195).  Now, it is incumbent upon us all to urge our own representatives in Congress to sign on…

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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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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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