A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 14th, 2013 – Franchisee/Franchisor Roles, Criminal Background Checks, Charity Events, Market Conditions

New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisee/Franchisor Roles – Earlier this week,Delaware Governor Jake Markell signed into law, HB55, legislation that establishes that the franchisee and franchisor relationship is actually one where the franchisee is considered an independent contractor!  The proposal passed both branches of the Delaware legislature unanimously and is similar to a bill that was passed into law in Georgia last…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 8th, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tax Reform, Swipe Fees

Inequities in Franchise Relationship Are A Global Issue – Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve reported on efforts to enact “fair franchising” legislation in Maine, California and Massachusetts.  Notwithstanding arguments by the IFA and others that infusing a more equitable balance into the franchise relationship would be devastating, the “land down under” now weighs…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 1st, 2013 – Fair Franchising, CFA Lobby Day, Tip Pooling, Social Media

Outstanding News from the Golden State – In a hard fought political battle, the Good Guys prevailed in the California Senate this week when the Senate formally advanced the Fair Franchising legislation (SB 610) by a vote of 22 – 12.  The legislation which would, among other things, provide an affirmative right of good faith and fair…

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Tell it to the Members: CFA Day Forum puts Franchisees on Capitol Hill

From minimum wage to paid sick leave to health care reform, issues debated in legislative arenas this year stand to have a greater impact on small business owners than ever before. More and more small business owners are recognizing the importance of communicating their concerns directly with elected officials—at all levels. Since 2009, franchise owners…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 3rd 2013: Marathon, Fair Franchising, QSR Worker Strike, Member Meetings

During my tenure as Executive Director of the DDIFO, I’ve enjoyed going around the footprint and having a cup of coffee with many DD franchisees.  Time and logistics prevent me from meeting all of you, but technology makes it possible.  Through regular communication with DDIFO members, current and future, I will continue having coffee with…

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New Laws and Regulations Threaten Franchisee Profitability

DDIFO Working to Leverage Collective Strength to Protect Franchise Owners When this issue went to press, franchisees in New Jersey were looking at a possible 17 percent increase in the state’s minimum wage. In Florida, state regulators are auditing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees to be sure they are complying with sales tax regulations. And in Illinois,…

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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