Labor Shortage Bill Filed

Although certainly not a silver bullet, legislation was filed late last month to help franchisees address the current labor shortage. The Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) was filed by Representative Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11) on March 28. EWEA would create a three-year H-2C visa program for nonimmigrant service workers who would fill nonagricultural jobs…

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Help Pass the EWEA

The filing of the aforementioned Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) is another prime example of why you should attend the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day in Washington, DC on June 22, 2022. The CFA Lobby Day gives franchisees across the country a great opportunity to explain to our elected leaders how…

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IRS Reaffirms Penalty Relief

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged and reaffirmed that taxpayers in certain situations are entitled to penalty relief when they can show reasonable cause and not willful neglect for the failure to pay. The issue, which largely stemmed from the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) and the ongoing backlog of tax returns,…

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RRF Dropped from Funding Bill

Congress last week gave final passage to a government spending bill that authorized – and funded – the government to keep operating through the end of the current fiscal year on September 30, 2022. In the process however, it seemingly killed any hope of replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) for the foreseeable future. President…

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Congress Passes Arbitration Ban

Congress has passed legislation invalidating and rendering mandatory arbitration clauses unenforceable in cases relating sexual harassment or sexual assault disputes. With passage, the bill was sent to the White House where President Biden is expected to sign it into law. Once enacted, it will apply to “any dispute or claim that arises or accrues on…

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An Update on the CFA PAC

Last week, we made a pitch here in Small Regular No Sugar! for you to support the great work of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) by making a contribution to the CFA PAC. Unfortunately, we did not link to the correct site for you to complete the CFA PAC Pledge Form, so we’ve fixed…

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Bipartisan Effort to Resurrect RRF

Although it is not anywhere close to reality just yet, QSR franchisees and other restaurant operators can take some solace in bipartisan efforts currently underway in Congress to resurrect and recapitalize the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has again joined with…

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Replenishing Restaurant Revitalization

Efforts continue in Congress, albeit unsuccessfully at this point, to replenish funding for the popular Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This most recent effort was lead by Maryland Senator Ben Cardin along with Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, and would have provided for an additional $48 billion in new funding for the RRF. The program was originally…

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ENTRÉE Act Filed in Congress

With the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) completely out of funds and shut down for the last month – and against the backdrop of trillions of dollars being proposed for infrastructure and progressive legislative priorities – another bill to replenish the RRF was filed again this week. The Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments Act…

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SBA Closes RRF

Rife with problems from the get-go, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was closed to new applications yesterday by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), but the application portal will remain open for another two weeks to allow applicants to check their status. With its creation as an integral part of the American Rescue Plan –…

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