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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Obama Care Still Making News

Hard as it is to believe that Obama Care was passed into law over 4 years ago, its snail-paced implementation would still be comical, if it weren’t so sad.  This week’s news on the Affordable Care Act has the Internal Revenue Service finally posting draft forms for the employer mandate on their web site –…

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Minimum Wage Advocates Hold Convention in Chicago

As outrageous decisions such as this one are announced in Washington, those same groups agitating for $15/hour protests across the country held what they called a Fight For 15 Convention in Villa Park, an affluent suburb of Chicago, last weekend.  The convention was organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is the radical…

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San Diego Increases Minimum But Mayor Will Veto

This past week, San Diego joined the chorus of local communities caving in to establish local minimum wages, mandating that employers within the city pay workers a minimum of $11.50/hour by January 2017.  San Diego’s first term Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, has indicated that he will veto the ordinance, after which, the democratically controlled council…

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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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Tips Still a Problem in Massachusetts

Despite getting our clarifying tip-pooling language passed in the House again this year (and defeated by one vote in the Senate for the second time in a row), the provision did not survive an economic development conference committee’s final report, thereby killing the effort for the current legislative session.  Ambiguities in Massachusetts’ law, specifically the…

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National Conference Registration is Open

Registration is now open for franchise owners to register to attend DDIFO’s 25th Anniversary National Conference at the beautiful Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, October 20 through October 22.  We are thrilled with the program content and we’re sure you will be as well.  The agenda will include an array of…

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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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Baltimore Adopts Nation’s Strictest Youth Curfew Law

The city of Baltimore, where a youth curfew has been on the books for over 20 years, recently enacted the strictest such curfew law in the country.  The new curfew requirement, which will take effect on August 15, requires that children between the ages of 14 and 16 be off the streets and home by…

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CFA Forms State Congress To Coordinate Efforts

The Washington DC-based Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) recently announced the creation of the CFA State Congress, an undertaking to help identify franchisee leaders in states across the country who would be willing to take a leadership role in helping the franchisee community organize and advocate for more fair franchising rights in states across the…

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