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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Northeast Regional Meeting

We are only one week away from the Northeast Regional Member Meeting to be held from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  We will conclude the event with a cocktail reception at 5:00 PM.  Register now to attend!  Always one of…

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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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Independent Joe #28: October/ November

The 2014 DD Independent Franchise Owners National Conference and Hall of Fame Gala was a huge success. The winners were the franchise owners, the sponsors and the organization. The house made out pretty well, too as DDIFO contributed its part to the Rio Hotel’s bottom line for 2014. The conference provided useful industry content for…

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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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Class Action Brought Against Dunkin’ Franchisee in Pittsburgh

As if these stories are all somehow related, class action lawsuits against Home Depot are one thing, but yesterday, we learned of a proposed class action suit filed in Pennsylvania federal court last week alleging that a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee incorrectly categorized several assistant managers as overtime-exempt employees.  The proposed class, consisting of at least…

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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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Still Awaiting Action on California Franchise Relations Act

 California Governor Jerry Brown has still not given any indication whether he will or will not sign the California Franchise Relations Act into law.  The bill was enacted by both branches and has been on the Governor’s desk for a number of weeks now.  He has until September 30 to take action on the legislation…

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California Franchise Relations Act Before Governor

California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown has yet to take action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him last Friday.  Under California law, the Governor generally has 12 days from the date of transmittal to sign legislation however, since he has it in his possession now when the legislature…

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California Senate Sends Fair Franchising To Governor!

Last night, by a vote of 23 – 9, the California State Senate approved SB 610, the California Fair Franchising bill, and sent it along to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  Again, this is a significant victory for the franchisee community nationally as it underscores the need for legislatures across the country to start…

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