Other State & Local Actions

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc with the American business landscape, several states and cities have put laws and executive orders on the books to address different issues arising in their communities. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday of this week signed an Executive Order prohibiting utilities in the Tar Heel State…

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COVID-19 Webinars

Join the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) at 11:45 a.m. ET this morning for a webinar providing a more detailed look at the Paid Leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, signed into law by the President last week along with some of the provisions pending in…

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State Loan Programs

Aside from the loan and other financial components contained in the pending federal CARES Act, a number of states and cities are also looking to create and fund business loan programs to help get the economy back on track. Toward that end, 10 days ago the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program was launched…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it had reopened 95% of its stores in China including a number of them in Wuhan, Hubei Province – where the coronavirus originated. McDonalds Corp. this week announced that as of Monday, March 23, it had closed all 1,270 of its stores, drive-thru included, in the United Kingdom and Ireland.…

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Interactive Conference Call on Coronavirus Response Act

All Dunkin’ franchisees will want to register to participate in a Coalition of Franchisee Associations interactive conference call at 2:00 PM ET today, March 20. The conference call, entitled “What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Franchisees”, will be led by Glenn Spencer, senior vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employment…

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CFA Webinar Next Monday

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations will also host two important and exceedingly timely webinars focused on challenges from the coronavirus crisis. First off, next Monday, March 23 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time, attorney Nate Riordan, founder of West Coast Franchise Law, will present “Emergency Advice for Your Business During the Pandemic from a…

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CFA Webinar on Tuesday

And then on Tuesday, March 24, CFA will host another important webinar to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic and what it means for the franchise workplace. Don’t miss Fisher Philips attorneys Hagood Tighe and Andria Ryan, both employment law experts who also spoke at the CFA Legal Symposium, presenting “COVID-19: Workplace Guidance for…

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Various States of Emergency

As of this writing, COVID-19 has caused 48 of the 50 United States to declare public emergencies at the state level to some degree or another. Only Oklahoma and West Virginia have yet to make such a declaration. In each of the states, the public emergency declaration gives the governments additional tools, flexibility and power…

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Miscellaneous

We want to acknowledge and thank CFA Executive Director Misty Chally for the great job she did representing franchisee associations on the Stuart Varney Show on Fox Business television earlier this week. Misty was interviewed about the needs of the franchising industry in these chaotic times of COVID-19. Congrats, Misty and thank you!  We also…

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Paid Sick Leave Mandates

US House leadership has introduced legislation that was to be voted yesterday that in the face of the coronavirus, would mandate paid sick leave for all Americans, among other provisions. As to the sick leave mandate, the initial draft of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would mandate up to 14 days of paid sick…

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