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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California Assembly Passes Fair Franchising!

Late yesterday afternoon, the California Assembly gave final approval to the California Fair Franchising legislation by a vote of 41 – 27!  This is a significant victory for the franchisee community across the country.  The win, coming in the face of significant resources being poured into its defeat by the IFA and other organizations reinforces the importance of continuing…

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Another Executive Order from Obama

Hot on the heels of the ruling by the NLRB General Counsel that McDonald’s is a “joint-employer” with its franchisees for purposes of employment law compliance, President Obama seemed to open up another front against businesses when he signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order this week.  Ostensibly, the Executive Order seeks to ensure that companies contracting…

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NLRB Rules Franchisor is Co-Employer

In an absolutely egregious decision rendered this week, the National Labor Relations Board continues its war against small business, ruling that McDonald’s is essentially a co-employer with its franchisees and hence, part and parcel to employment decisions – and missteps – at individual restaurants!  The decision was issued Tuesday by former labor official Richard Griffin, Jr.,  General Counsel for the…

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California Fair Franchising Bill Up For Vote

Our latest information is that the fair franchising legislation (SB 610) close to final enactment in the California Assembly could come up for a vote as soon as next week.  In fact, the IFA, which has been working hard to defeat this bill which will help restore a small bit of balance to the franchisor/franchisee…

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Elsewhere in California

We remind franchisees and those concerned with the inequities in the franchise industry that California’s fair franchising legislation (SB 610) is headed to another vote when the legislature returns on August 4 from their summer recess.  The bill, which among other provisions, would mandate “good faith and fair dealing” and preserve a franchisee’s right to…

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Independent Joe: June 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts locations have been popping up on college campuses at a steady rate over the past five years as part of the brand’s strategy of opening alternative points of distribution—college campuses, train stations, supermarkets and military bases. In the past year, more than seven college campus locations flipped on their coffee-makers, including Wayne State…

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The NBA’s Game: Termination of Franchise Rights and Forced Sale of the Team

The National Basketball Association recently fined Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling $2.5 million dollars and suspended him for life from League activity. This arose from racist remarks Sterling allegedly made in a private taped conversation between him and his girlfriend. The League has taken the extreme step of appointing an interim CEO for the…

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California Hearing On SB 610

Earlier this month, the California Fair Franchising bill (SB 610) was amended and recommitted to the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee in the Assembly.  A new hearing has been scheduled on the bill next Tuesday, June 24.  It is crucial that all California-based franchisees express their strong support to the committee.  SB 601 would…

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