Senator Targets Franchise Abuses

Inequity in the ‘franchise partnership’ between franchisors and the franchisee community has finally resonated with some in power – in particular, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). In an 87-page report entitled: “Strategies to Improve the Franchise Model: Preventing Unfair and Deceptive Franchise Practices” and released by her office this week, the first-term Senator from Nevada…

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He’s Not Fired, But He’s Still Gone

It is a different process but the same outcome over at the Federal Trade Commission offices where FTC Chairman Joseph Simmons announced he will be resigning from the FTC to allow President Biden appoint his own people. His resignation will be effective January 29. He also announced the pending departure of another eight senior level…

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DDIFO Joins Other Franchise Associations in Legal Challenge of California’s AB-5 Law

Last year roughly 653,000 businesses left California for greener and more business-friendly pastures. More recently, California voters soundly rejected the Proposition 22 ballot initiative, which would have classified app-based drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. This was a direct response to the hotly contested state law known as AB-5, which attempts to codify the…

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DDIFO Joins IFA in Lawsuit vs California AB5

This week, DDIFO joined the International Franchise Association (IFA), the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Supercuts Franchisee Association in filing a federal lawsuit challenging California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) law. Filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, the lawsuit contends that AB 5 is preempted by the…

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Miscellaneous

According to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this month, the leisure and hospitality industry brought back 271,000 jobs in October – over 70 percent of which were at bars and restaurants. Furthermore, the unemployment rate for the hospitality sector of the economy dropped from 19 percent in September to 16.3…

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