California Has New Equal Pay Law But Not Fair Franchising

California Governor Gerry Brown, who last week made doctor-prescribed suicide legal in California and this week signed into law the strongest equal pay law in the nation, has yet to give any indication on what, if anything, he might do regarding the California Franchise Relations Act (fair franchising).  The franchising legislation passed both branches unanimously…

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California Fair Franchise Legislation

We are now waiting for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the California Franchise Relations Act, which passed both branches of the California legislature on unanimous votes, into law.  Although we hope he will sign it, we also encourage California franchise owners to contact the Governor’s office and urge him to do so.

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California Fair Franchising on Governor’s Desk

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act has again reached Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature, only this time we would expect him to sign it!  The legislation, which restores some semblance of balance to the franchise relationship, was approved unanimously by both the state senate and the assembly on final votes of 37-0…

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California Senate OKs Fair Franchise Bill

The California state senate yesterday moved the Fair Franchise bill (AB525) another step closer to becoming law when it approved the legislation and sent it to a final concurrence vote in the state Assembly before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  There were compromise amendments adopted in the senate to make the proposal…

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Urge Congress To Support Franchise Bills

We advised you a couple of weeks ago that Congressman Keith Ericson (D-MN) had filed two bills beneficial to franchise owners in the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) and the Small Business Franchise Loan Transparency Act (H.3195).  Now, it is incumbent upon us all to urge our own representatives in Congress to sign on…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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California Franchise Relations Hearing on Tuesday

Although scheduled for this past week, the California Senate Business & Professions Committee delayed its hearing on AB525, the Fair Franchising legislation until this coming Tuesday, July 14.  Talks between the opposing sides on the bill continue and the Committee appears hopeful of resolving a number of sticking points before calling the measure for a…

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Fair Franchising Advances

Earlier this week, the Senate Business & Professions Committee gave its approval to AB-525, the California Franchise Relations Act.  As we’ve told you in past issues, the bill has been refined further this legislative session to eliminate concerns that Governor Jerry Brown expressed last year when he vetoed the bill at the 11th hour.  His…

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California Hearing Delayed Until Monday

The public hearing before the Business & Professions Committee in the California Senate on AB525, the California Franchise Act, was pushed off one week and the next hearing is now slated to take place on Monday, June 29.  It is believed that negotiations seeking compromises between opposing sides of the legislation prompted the one week…

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California Franchise Bill Set for Monday Hearing

AB 525, the California Fair Franchising legislation is scheduled for its next hearing on Monday before the California Senate Business and Professions Committee. The legislation, which has been refined and streamlined since it was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last September at the 11th hour, has already passed the General Assembly.  The hearing is scheduled…

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