Florida Franchising Bill Up For Hearing

The Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries and will be subject to a public hearing once the legislative session begins in earnest at the beginning of March. Although we do not yet have a specific date and time…

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Florida Fair Franchising Update

We will report regularly on the fate of the Protect Florida Small Business Act, filed last week by Florida state senator Jack Latvala and a host of other sponsors.  The bill (SB 750 – An Act Relating Franchises) seeks to restore some sense of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Within an hour of the bill…

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Florida Fair Franchising Filed

We were delighted this week when Florida state senator Jack Latvala filed SB 750, An Act Relating Franchises, that would go a long way toward restoring some balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Senator Latvala filed to Protect Florida Small Business Act to level the playing field and address issues such as unjust terminations, restrictions on…

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Miscellaneous

Population shifts continue to see the older northeast states losing population to the south and the sun belt according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.  New York dropped again from its 2015 estimate as Texas and Florida showed significant population growth – Florida grew by more than twice the national average, while…

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US Supreme Court Rejects Workers Comp Challenge

Last week, the US Supreme Court declined to take under review a challenge to Workers Compensation in the state of Florida.  The case, an appeal on which the Florida State Supreme Court had already refused to review, was brought by a nurse injured on the job who contended that the “new” workers compensation system, put…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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Florida Styrofoam Ban Goes to Court

The Florida Retail Federation this week brought a lawsuit against the City of Coral Gables challenging enforcement of its Styrofoam ban.  The local law authorized fines starting at $50 and increasing to $500 for a third violation within one year and $1,000 for subsequent violations.  Businesses were given until next month to phase out Styrofoam…

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A Commitment to Family Spawns a Second Career for Florida Franchisee

Alex Fernandez thought he had retired. After almost 30 years with AIG, the international insurance and financial services firm, Fernandez was ready to try a life of golf and relaxation. Then a family crisis intervened and Fernandez found himself back in the world of work, in a different country and a different business entirely. And…

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Now, They’re Banning Franchises?

“Can they even do that?”, was the first thought that popped to mind a few weeks ago when I read this story in the Florida Business Observer.  It seems that the city of Holmes Beach, Florida, off the west coast of the Sunshine State near Bradenton, has done just that!  Last month, the city commission…

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Miami Beach Set to Challenge Florida Preemption

Absent the fanfare we find in the North Carolina debate, the city of Miami Beach is setting itself up to challenge a local minimum wage preemption effective in Florida for the past three years.  Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine is pushing the City Commission to adopt his proposal to increase the local minimum to $13.31…

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