Franchising 101 for Federal Lawmakers

Not long after assuming the role of chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in January of 2018, long-time Dunkin’ franchisee John Motta said that one of his goals was to make sure the voices of franchisees were heard more clearly on Capitol Hill. “We meet twice a year, we go to Washington, we…

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Fast Food Workers Arrested at Fight for $15 Rallies

According to national news reports, fast food workers, joined by SEIU members, and other activists and protesters engaged in civil disobedience to draw attention to their efforts to force unsustainable increases to minimum wages around the country.  Media stories, such as this one from the New York Times and this from the LA Times, seem…

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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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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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Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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Final Reminder of CFA Webinar Next Friday

We want to remind you one last time of the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Webinar, CFAVotes – Navigating The Only Legislative Website For Franchisees to be held one week from today on January 24 at 11:00 AM ET.  The CFAVotes website is becoming increasingly important as DDIFO, CFA and other franchisee associations become more…

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IFA In DC For 40 Hour Work Week Bill

We reported months ago how at its 2013 DC Summit in July,  the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) had encouraged the passage of the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act proposed by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others.  Well, the International Franchise Association (IFA) has now joined the fray and at their annual DC Fly-in…

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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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