Denver Latest to Cap 3rd Party Delivery Fees

The Denver City Council this week unanimously approved a new 15% cap on the fees that third-party delivery companies may charge restaurants. In the Mile-High City, delivery fees during the coronavirus pandemic have reached as high as 30% at times, but at least until February 9, 2021, when the new ordinance is scheduled to sunset,…

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House Passes Relief Bill, Excludes Franchises

Late yesterday, by a highly partisan vote of 214 – 207, House Democrats approved a revised, $2.2 trillion HEROES Act that included $120 billion in direct assistance to independent restaurants, food trucks and bars but specifically excluded franchises! This version is the first that includes the $120 billion proposed by the Independent Restaurant Coalition in…

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Pregnancy Accommodation Mandates

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation a few weeks ago that mandates businesses provide further accommodations for the convenience of pregnant employees. Although the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) has yet to pass the Senate and may never, in fact become law, it was passed by the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in…

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No Movement on New COVID Relief Bill

Last week we reported on the Senate blocking the so-called skinny bill, which would have provided some refunding the PPP and limited liability protection for businesses and health care providers along with some school funding. Well, despite some political rhetoric to the contrary, there is very little, if any, movement in Congress and it is…

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Senate Blocks “Skinny Bill”

Senate democrats voted as one yesterday to block the latest coronavirus relief bill put forth by Senate leadership. All 47 democrat Senators voted against advancing the coronavirus relief bill while 52 of 53 republican senators voted to advance the legislation (Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was the lone republican in opposition). Under Senate rules, 60 votes…

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CFA Congressional Town Hall Next Thursday

Less than one week remains until the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) hosts its next Congressional virtual town hall discussion, this one with Illinois Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13). Click here to register. Representative Davis, whose father worked at a McDonald’s restaurant before he became a McDonald’s franchisee, learned many aspects of the franchise world from watching…

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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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Senate Files Latest Relief Bill

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans formally filed their long-awaited latest version of a “Phase 4” economic relief package, titled the “Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act”. The bill contains many of the key legislative priorities that we were working to include, but much work is still needed and there will be lengthy…

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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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