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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No News On IFA Injunction vs. Seattle Minimum Wage

The federal court has yet to rule on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the new municipal minimum wage law until the court hears the IFA challenge.  You will recall that the Seattle law, signed into law back in June of this year, provides a 7 year phase-in for…

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Competitor News

Keurig Green Mountain this week announced they will increase the cost of their K-Cups and other coffee products by as much as 9%.  The increase is expected to be effective early in November of this year.  Caribou Coffee plans a number of additions to their food menu, announcing this week that green salads, wraps, pasta…

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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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Early Bird Registration Extended

In light of the many members registering this week for the National Conference, we’re pleased to announce that DDIFO has extended the early bird registration until the end of this month!  Early Bird pricing will now be available through August 31, so members are encouraged to visit the Registration page and sign up for the…

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More Issues Surface on Obama Care

  Despite the fact it was passed into law over 4 years ago, different issues continue to surface with the Affordable Care Act – some foreseen, some not.  The Business Journal reported this week that over 300,000 individuals are in jeopardy of losing their coverage across the nation for lack of sufficient documentation.  The Centers for Medicare…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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Massachusetts Voters Will Decide Sick Leave Question

Massachusetts voters this fall will be faced with the question of whether or not the state government should mandate that private employers provide paid sick or family leave for employees.  The ballot question provides that employees will earn an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours. …

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Federal EEOC Guidance On Pregnancy

Franchise owners are cautioned to be aware of a new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination issued two weeks ago by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  DDIFO employment counsel Morgan Brown Joy advised us of the guidance, which is the first update to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act since it was enacted back in 1978.  The…

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