Clock Runs Out on Alabama Fair Franchising

As the Alabama legislative session expires this week, so too do any chances of passing SB 129, the Protect Alabama Small Businesses Act. Despite outstanding efforts by the Alabama Franchisee Association to get the bill to the brink of going to the Governor’s desk, last minute scare tactics and misinformation from the IFA and its…

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Joint Employer Comment Deadline Extended

It is apparently the deadline that never is, but the January 14 deadline for new public comments on the joint employer rule was extended again last Friday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Under the terms of this latest extension, new public comments must be received by January 28, 2019 and responses to new…

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Miscellaneous

The annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference draws many Dunkin’ franchisees to Las Vegas each year for its education and networking opportunities. Whereas Dunkin’ franchisee Rob Branca is an active member of the MUFC – having served as the event chair a few years ago – we can offer members a deep discount on registration for the…

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Miscellaneous

We note the NPD Group 2017 restaurant census was released this week and it reported that the number of US restaurants fell another 2 percent from a year ago, down to 647,288 units. The unit count for independent restaurants dropped 3 percent, while the count for chains grew by less than 1,000. Fast casual restaurants…

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House Passes Joint Employer “Fix”

Earlier this week by a vote of 49 – 46, the US House of Representatives passed the Save Local Business Act, (H.R. 3441) sponsored by Alabama Representative Bradley Byrne. The legislation was drafted in response to the egregious expansion of the joint employer definition by the National Labor Relations in the Browning-Ferris decision just over…

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Congratulations

We want to congratulate Bob Cresanti, President & CEO of the International Franchise Association and Cicely Simpson, Executive Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs at the National Restaurant Association for both being named among the Top Lobbyists in Washington, DC. The fact that both Bob and Cicely were speakers at the 2017 DDIFO National…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re just 5 weeks away now from the DDIFO National Conference at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and you’re going to want to register soon. The DDIFO Room Block with rooms in the Pequot Tower available for $129 single or double occupancy is filling up fast and will close on October 9.…

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Joint Employer Briefs to SCOTUS

Perhaps the lightening rod of all NLRB decisions during the tenure of General Counsel Griffin was the Board’s rewriting of the definition of joint employer. As the Browning-Ferris decision reverberated through business circles, the NLRB upped the ante when they began liberally applying their new standard to an array of industries and companies (McDonald’s, DirectTV,…

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Florida Franchise Sponsor Responds to IFA

Senator Jack Latvala, who is the chief sponsor of Senate bill 750 to address the imbalance in the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida, is the sitting Chairman of the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, Senator Latvala enjoys a seat on the powerful Senate Rules Committee, so he knows a bit about writing and moving legislation…

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