Newsom Signs FAST Act into Law

As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with…

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Industry Plans California Ballot Repeal

In the wake of the Fast Act being signed into law (see above), a coalition of restaurant industry groups (Protect Neighborhood Restaurants) has filed the requisite paperwork to place a question on the 2024 California ballot asking voters to repeal the FAST Act. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) seem…

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Initiative 82 Back on November Ballot

Speaking of ballot questions, a panel of three District of Columbia appellate judges ruled this week that the measure to eliminate the tip credit in the Nation’s Capitol should remain on the ballot for voters to decide in November. The DC measure is similar to another that was passed by voters in 2018 only to have…

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Court Revives “No-hire” Lawsuit

In other news from the judiciary, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta, Georgia, reversed an earlier decision by the district court in Miami that dismissed a lawsuit filed by Burger King workers over the company’s “no-hire” policy. Burger King previously had a clause in its franchise agreement – as did many franchises…

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Economic Trends

The unemployment rate increased slightly in August, despite the economy adding another 315,000 jobs during the month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in August was at 3.7 percent, up from the 3.5 percent recorded one month earlier. Despite the labor shortage, an additional 344,000 were added to the unemployment…

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Two Upcoming Webinars

We’re just over a week away from our next webinar in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar series, so you’ll want to register now to attend. Our registration flier was sent out earlier this week for our 1:00 PM EDT webinar on September 21, Current Market Conditions & Why Use a Broker!. This program will provide an…

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CFA Legal Symposium –

It’s time to start planning to attend the 2022 Coalition of Franchisee Associations Legal Symposium. This year’s premier CFA event will be held on October 26 – 27 at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re considering buying another franchise, have a current legal concern, want to protect yourself from future liability or just…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton’s has been in the news over the past several weeks for a number of reasons. First, the Canadian coffee chain announced a few weeks ago that it was introducing flatbread pizzas as a new limited time offer at about 20 locations in the Toronto market. They followed that up by announcing the brand’s…

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FAST Act Passes

In a quick turn of events earlier this week, the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom initiated a major rewrite of several provisions in the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) and submitted them to the Senate, which accepted them and passed the legislation on a vote of 21 – 12. The…

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DOL May Release EEO-1 Reports

Back in January of 2019, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking EEO-1 report data from federal contractors who filed during the period of 2016 through 2020. Since that filing, CIR has submitted several amended FOIA, most recently in June of this year. In response, the Department…

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