Senate Hears Need for Franchising Transparency

The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy, chaired by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, held a public hearing this week on the matter: “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” One of the five individuals invited to testify was Subway franchisee and former Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chairman Keith Miller.…

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House Votes to Repeal “Cadillac Tax”

As the old baseball saying goes, it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, but it seems equally challenging to tell whether or not the US House wants to keep any aspects of ObamaCare. On Wednesday of this week, the democratically-controlled U.S. House voted by an overwhelming bi-partisan tally of 419 – 6 to…

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California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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New Hampshire, Maine Ban Low Wage Non-Competes

New Hampshire and Maine became the latest to ban the use of non-compete clauses for low-wage workers when Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 197 last week and Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) signed L.D. 733 at the end of June. The NH bill, which was one of 42 pieces Sununu signed into law at…

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NLRB Issues on Unions, Member Conflict

One could argue that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been ground zero on a broad array of issues under President Trump as the administration tries to scale back anti-business regulations. And to drive that point home, this past week, the agency issued a ruling in a 3-1 decision in the Johnson Controls, Inc.…

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Cuomo Signs Equal Pay Laws

Although his final decision should not have been in doubt, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the USA Women’s World Cup Champions ticker tape parade to sign legislation mandating equal pay for substantially similar work and prohibiting pay differences based on an individual’s age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, domestic…

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Food Trucks Rolling Into Play?

Three different communities in three different states this past week began entertaining legislation that will ease further entry of food trucks into the marketplace. The Chicago suburb of Barrington, Illinois is considering legislation to allow food trucks to operate in certain areas where businesses may have requests them or on private parking lots with the…

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Competitor News

Starbucks dominates our competitor news this week on a few fronts. Most notable is that 6 police officers at a Tempe Arizona store were asked to leave by an employee because of a complaint that a customer did not feel safe in their presence! (????)  Boston Herald columnist Joe Fitzgerald, after writing about the incident,…

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Maintain Hiring Standards! Dunkin’  Crackdown on Illegal Hiring

In the wake of initiating legal action against a number of franchises in Pennsylvania and Delaware for violating hiring standards in their franchise agreements, Dunkin this week announced that it is taking the hiring practice investigation nationwide. As all franchisees know, the Dunkin’ franchise agreement requires that franchise owners use the federal E-Verify system before…

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ObamaCare, California-style

It may be effectively neutered at the federal level, but the California legislature just put the individual mandate back on the books when it passed SB 78, legislation that authorizes the taxing of California citizens who do not purchase health insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law last Friday. The new law essentially…

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