Congress Needs Your Input on Next Relief Bill

If you’ve already reached out to your congressman and advocated for needed amendments to the HEALS Act, thank you. If you haven’t, then we need you to do so ASAP!!  As we advised this week in an Action Alert Membership Update sent out yesterday to all members, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools…

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Senate Committee Hears from FTC Commissioners

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing this week specifically on the Federal Trade Commission, the federal agency charged with oversight of franchising across the country. The panel of witnesses at the August 5 hearing included all five of the FTC Commissioners, including Commissioner Rohit Chopra, who specifically highlighted some…

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Other State Issues to Note

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont last week issued an Executive Order that creates a rebuttable presumption in the Nutmeg State that any employee who contracts the COVID-19 virus likely did so in their workplace. In such an instance, the employer has every right to deny the worker’s claim however under the language of EO 7JJJ, the…

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Competitor News

Both McDonald’s and Starbucks hosted earnings calls as well this week and neither event was particularly pretty. In Q2, McDonald’s posted its lowest overall profit in 14 years, and US same-store stores declined 8.7% for the quarter as a whole. Preliminary July same-store sales trends were just barely in positive territory with breakfast daypart sales…

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Massachusetts Issues Final Rules on Paid Family Leave

The law may have been passed and signed into law by the Governor over two years ago (June 28,2018), but Massachusetts last week issued unofficial final regulations governing the state Paid Family and Medical Leave law. With the benefit of a public hearing and comment period, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released…

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Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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Tale of Two Approaches

As Congress gets closer to possibly another economic recovery legislation, and the clamor to date has been for as much a $1 trillion in relief to state and local government, we’ve now entered FY 2021 budget. With tax receipts significantly reduced, every state and local government is facing some tough budget decisions. A quick look…

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Competitor News

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of announcements of one sort or another about some competitor companies that we thought we’d be sure you were aware of. First off, on the politically correct front, Starbucks announced that the company “stood against hate speech” and was therefore pausing all advertising on social…

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Face Covering Mandates

As we see dramatic increases in confirmed cases of coronavirus in many of the southern and western states over the past few weeks, it behooves business owners to stay up to date on state and local mandates relative to face coverings. A majority of states may only recommend that they be worn while others mandate…

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CFA and NRA Look to Expand IRC Stabilization Fund

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is working alongside the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to broaden a proposed restaurant-only stabilization fund to help the restaurant industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it has caused the industry. As we advised a few weeks ago, the newly-created Independent Restaurant Coalition is pushing Congress…

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