McTrouble Brewing

Tying to the issue of fair franchising, a story in Bloomberg reports that a minor revolt is in play within the McDonalds franchise community as the franchisor seeks to improve the company’s bottom line at the expense of the individual franchisees – increasingly charging franchisees more costs including rent, remodeling and training and software fees…

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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Lest We Forget

For those who may be newer to the franchise industry, or others who may have forgotten how inequitable the franchise relationship can be, we noted problems with 2 Steak ‘n Shake franchises this week where the franchisee was terminated and subsequently sued by the franchisor.  Without knowledge of all the details – or passing judgment…

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Fair Franchising Down Under

Members will recall that we’ve reported regularly on efforts to win passage of Fair Franchising legislation in Maine, Massachusetts and California over the past few weeks. (California’s next action is a hearing on August 13 before the Committee on Business and Consumer Protection.)  Well, while our opponents continue the chorus that legislation is not necessary,…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 24th – Lt. Gov. Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference, Taxes, Hall of Fame Nominees, DBI Earnings

Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Confirmed for DDIFO Conference – DDIFO continues to add exciting components to our lineup for the 2013 National Conference.  This week we confirmed that New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will address DDIFO attendees on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 AM.  Lt. Governor Guardano also serves the Garden State as its Secretary of State and leads…

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Coalition letter regarding H.R. 2667, the “Authority for Mandate Delay Act”

DDIFO and the national Coalition of Franchisee Associations, of which DDIFO is a founding member, were happy to assist with drafting and supporting a letter encouraging the passage of HR2667, which is a bill that supports the Obama administration’s one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.  The letter was sent to all members…

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Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware

The case of Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware is an Illinois lawsuit that has been appealed to the Illinois Supreme court. The case stems from a disclaimer in the Ace Hardware Franchise Agreement that states that the franchisee couldn’t rely on anything outside the franchise agreement. In considering the purchase of a franchise,…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 5, 2013 – NYC’s 500th Store, Tip Pooling, CFA Lobby Day

Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate – Not only big news, but Good News!  The big story of the week was the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015 – coincidentally after the 2014 mid-term congressional elections, but whatever their reasons . . .  The delay in…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 23, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tip Pooling, Competitor News, Hiring Issues

More West Coast Movement on Fair Franchising – Although it is not yet over, good news continues to stream out of California on the Fair Franchising initiative.  This week, the California Assembly’s Committee on the Judiciary approved the bill on a 7-2 vote with one member absent and not voting.  The bill has now been sent to the Assembly’s Committee…

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