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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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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California Franchise Bill Set for Monday Hearing

AB 525, the California Fair Franchising legislation is scheduled for its next hearing on Monday before the California Senate Business and Professions Committee. The legislation, which has been refined and streamlined since it was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last September at the 11th hour, has already passed the General Assembly.  The hearing is scheduled…

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California Giveth and LA Taketh Away

There was both good news and bad for franchise owners coming out of the Golden State this week as the full California Assembly passed AB 525, the Franchise Relations Act, which will help restore some balance to the franchise relationship.  Just two days later, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 14 – 1 vote,…

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What’s Brewing: SEIU, Joint Employer, Healthcare, Fair Franchising

There’s trouble brewing out there for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners as we head deeper into 2015. Labor unions are leading the pack of politicians, activists and regulators taking aim at your businesses. Beyond the expensive new rules and mandates that raise your costs of doing business, unions are aggressively looking for opportunities…

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California Fair Franchising Sent to Full Assembly

AB 525, California’s pending legislation that will amend the California Franchise Relations Act and restore a small semblance of balance to the franchisor/franchisee relationship, has now been sent to the floor of the Assembly for the first vote by the full body, a vote that may be called as early as this coming week.  The…

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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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