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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Governor Wolf Looks to Cut Corporate Taxes

Pennsylvania’s chief executive is worried about the state economy rather than its convicts – he is advocating a dramatic cut in corporate tax rates by as much as 50%! New Governor Tom Wolf announced last week the tax cut plan, which would move Pennsylvania from 2nd place in highest corporate tax rates to 47th!   Among…

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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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Permanent 15 Year Depreciation Schedule Sought

As we’ve advised in the past, the 15 year depreciation schedule expired with the New Year, notwithstanding an extensive lobbying effort to extend it.  That effort may now be paying some dividends as a new bill has formally been introduced in Congress by a bipartisan group of four Congressmen.  HR 4212, known as the “Restaurant…

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New Jersey and Illinois Top Nation in Property Tax Burden

Investment Advisory firm Regent Atlantic this week released a white paper showing that New Jersey, with the highest property tax burden in the nation was losing wealthy residents because of that tax burden, to Pennsylvania and Florida.  That news may not come as a surprise to wealthy residents of the Garden State, but the state’s…

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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Hearing Held/Franchise Owner Points Well Received

The Consumer Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly held their hearing this week on HB 1620, a fair franchising proposal sponsored by state representative Peter Dailey, a former Quiznos franchisee.  About 2 dozen franchisees from a broad array of brands listened as DDIFO and CFA Chairman Keith Miller supported passage of the initiative.  As…

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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Fair Franchising Hearing Tuesday

The House Consumer Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature will hear public testimony next Tuesday, November 19 at 9:30 AM on HB 1620 in Room 140 of the Main Capital Building in Harrisburg.  Click here to write to the committee members and to ask their support of HB 1620.  If any franchise owners would be available…

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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Important Pennsylvania Fair Franchising Hearing Coming

The House Consumer Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature will be holding an important public hearing on HB 1620 , filed by Representative Peter Daley on Tuesday, November 19.  We will be testifying on behalf of DDIFO members along with Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Chairman Keith Miller, but we would encourage many other franchisees…

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Fair Franchising Initiatives Still in Play!

Proposed legislation that would provide some degree of balance and equity in the franchisor-franchisee relationship has been considered in several states thus far this year and is still very much alive in Pennsylvania.  The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be holding a public hearing on HB 1620 on Tuesday, November 19 and DDIFO will be…

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An Act amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

Amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties. Click to download the full Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

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