Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified

Blue MauMau — Some of America’s largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Hospitality, restaurant, convenience store, automotive services and scores of other sectors that franchise are anticipated to be eventually impacted by these franchising standards.

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Dunkin’ Shop Owners Look to Adjust Tip Law

Katie Johnston Chase reported in the Boston Globe that a Legislature hearing is set for last Wednesday on revising the tips law aimed at quick-service Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are pushing for a change in state law that would allow shift supervisors to share in tip pools with crew members.

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Franchisee Bill of Rights, Input Requested

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) which DDIFO is a founding member, which Jim Coen, President of DDIFO as the Vice Chairman of CFA and Co-Chairman of the CFA Fair Franchising Committee with CK Patel of the Asian American Hotels Owners Association (AAHOA). The CFA Fair Franchising Committee has been working with franchisee leaders from multiple franchise systems to develop the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights.

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Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance

Don Sniegowski of BlueMauMau reports that there is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. It is a multi-pronged strategy headed by the three-year-old Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) that utilizes market forces, collective bargaining and possible legislation.

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Balancing act: How to create a harmonious franchise system

Interesting article from Fast Casual about franchisor – franchisee communication. Steve Combs writes: Franchisee lawsuits are among the best known restaurant industry battles, disagreements that in the case several, spurred protracted legal face-offs and staggering unit closures. But such outcomes needn’t occur. When franchisees and franchisors communicate clearly, consistently and work toward goals that benefit both, disagreements are manageable and sometimes meaningful.

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Lessons Learned from Franchisee Litigation

QSR Magazine features an article by Daniel Smith that reflects on a decade of franchisee introduced litigation against franchisors and provides important insight. What can be learned from these mistakes?

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CIT Testimony Blocked in Dunkin’ – Barkan Trial

Janet Sparks reports at BlueMauMau that after six years of litigation with Dunkin’ Donuts over losing his six stores and store development agreements to open new restaurants, franchisee Irwin Barkan was convinced that the franchisor intentionally interfered in his efforts to refinance his debt. Now because of new information he has discovered on his own, Barkan feels even stronger in his beliefs.

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Fraud, Breach and Wrongful Termination

W Michael Garner reports at Bluemaumau that since Labor Day, franchisees around the country filed suits against their franchisors for fraud, breach of contract and wrongful termination. He notes: Dunkin’s Continuing Termination Campaign

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Franchisee Association Suing Edible Arrangements

The lawsuit filed by the EA Independent Franchisee Association contends that Edible Arrangements, which makes “floral” fruit arrangements, has altered its business arrangement with its franchisees over the last several years, said Justin Klein, a New Jersey-based lawyer representing the group. As a result, the franchisees claim they have seen expenses increase because of new mandates implemented by Edible Arrangements

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