Styrofoam Bans Back in The News

Portland Maine, which has been debating and deliberating since last September a ban on polystyrene foam for beverage cups and food containers adopted the ordinance earlier this week by a 6 – 3 vote.  The council action came after what was described as two hours of impassioned debate and sharply divided testimony on Monday evening. The…

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Our Sympathies

Last week, we were saddened to learn of the death in a horrible car accident of Tim Gardner, who worked with Franchise Update Media Group and spent much time prepping, interviewing and generally assisting franchisees for their media productions.  Tim died in a horrible car accident last Wednesday evening, June 11 in California.  He was…

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IFA Sues Over Seattle $15/Hour Minimum Law

As had been anticipated, the International Franchise Association has filed a legal action challenging the passage and enactment of Seattle’s new $15/hour minimum wage.  The lawsuit, which had been promised by the IFA since last week, challenges the validity of the Seattle ordinance under a broad and lengthy array of charges including: violating the US Commerce…

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I Left My Heart (and my bottom line) In San Francisco

We wondered aloud last week where the idea of a $15/hour minimum wage would next rear its head and it didn’t take long to find out.  On Monday of this week, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced a “negotiated compromise” that seeks to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15/hour, the highest in…

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More Minimum Wage Issues At The State Level

As if Seattle and San Francisco aren’t doing enough to damage an already shaky economy, there are a number of equally egregious and challenging proposals in a host of State Houses across the country and especially on both coasts.  California State Senator Mark Leno has his own minimum wage bill (SB 935) pending in the…

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California Call To Action

Fair franchising issues are still in the mix in the California legislature and members are encouraged to have their California counterparts contact members of the California legislature’s Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and encourage their support of SB. 610.  Members may recall that SB. 610 was withdrawn earlier this year before a vote by…

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Ohio Tries To Ban Tip Pooling

In yet another glaring example of a solution desperately in search of a problem, a bill pending in the Ohio state legislature seeks to ban tip pooling in Ohio restaurants.  The Tip Fairness Act (HB 534), which was introduced earlier this session by Representative Nickie Antonio, would ban tip pools completely across the state.  As…

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And New York Gets Into The Act

As if franchisees are not facing enough hurdles in the current economic and regulatory climate, along comes a bill (A10076) pending in the New York legislature and filed by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger that states as its purpose “to improve the New York Franchise Act in order to make New York State more franchise friendly.”  Upon further…

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Starbucks announced agreement with Duracell Powermat

Starbucks announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Duracell Powermat to begin offering “free” wireless cell phone recharging for customers at its coffee shops around the country.  The technology allows phones and tablets to be charged by simply laying them on pads, which will be installed in Starbucks counters and tables.  The…

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