NLRB Rules Franchisor is Co-Employer

In an absolutely egregious decision rendered this week, the National Labor Relations Board continues its war against small business, ruling that McDonald’s is essentially a co-employer with its franchisees and hence, part and parcel to employment decisions – and missteps – at individual restaurants!  The decision was issued Tuesday by former labor official Richard Griffin, Jr.,  General Counsel for the…

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California Fair Franchising Bill Up For Vote

Our latest information is that the fair franchising legislation (SB 610) close to final enactment in the California Assembly could come up for a vote as soon as next week.  In fact, the IFA, which has been working hard to defeat this bill which will help restore a small bit of balance to the franchisor/franchisee…

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Elsewhere in California

We remind franchisees and those concerned with the inequities in the franchise industry that California’s fair franchising legislation (SB 610) is headed to another vote when the legislature returns on August 4 from their summer recess.  The bill, which among other provisions, would mandate “good faith and fair dealing” and preserve a franchisee’s right to…

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CFA Forms State Congress To Coordinate Efforts

The Washington DC-based Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) recently announced the creation of the CFA State Congress, an undertaking to help identify franchisee leaders in states across the country who would be willing to take a leadership role in helping the franchisee community organize and advocate for more fair franchising rights in states across the…

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Independent Joe: June 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts locations have been popping up on college campuses at a steady rate over the past five years as part of the brand’s strategy of opening alternative points of distribution—college campuses, train stations, supermarkets and military bases. In the past year, more than seven college campus locations flipped on their coffee-makers, including Wayne State…

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The NBA’s Game: Termination of Franchise Rights and Forced Sale of the Team

The National Basketball Association recently fined Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling $2.5 million dollars and suspended him for life from League activity. This arose from racist remarks Sterling allegedly made in a private taped conversation between him and his girlfriend. The League has taken the extreme step of appointing an interim CEO for the…

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California Hearing On SB 610

Earlier this month, the California Fair Franchising bill (SB 610) was amended and recommitted to the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee in the Assembly.  A new hearing has been scheduled on the bill next Tuesday, June 24.  It is crucial that all California-based franchisees express their strong support to the committee.  SB 601 would…

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House Votes to Extend Section 179 Expensing

The US House last week by a vote of 272 – 144 approved the reinstatement of Section 179 expensing, one of the important tax extenders that was allowed to expire at the end of 2013.  When Section 179 expensing expired, the limit for taxpayers dropped from $500,000 to $25,000 per year – the House’s action…

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California Call To Action

Fair franchising issues are still in the mix in the California legislature and members are encouraged to have their California counterparts contact members of the California legislature’s Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and encourage their support of SB. 610.  Members may recall that SB. 610 was withdrawn earlier this year before a vote by…

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Reinvention

As a lifelong baseball fan, it was a thrill to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, which broke the longtime record set by the immortal Babe Ruth. 1974 marked Aaron’s 20th season in the big leagues. It was also the year after Major League Baseball introduced the designated hitter (DH) rule in…

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