Miscellaneous

McDonalds corporate sure knows how to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, as the old saying goes. The company hosted a webcast earlier this month to advise its franchisees (Peter) that a long-time company subsidy used to keep the price of a Happy Meal down would end on New Year’s Day 2021. Further, the company is…

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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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Know Your Issues – Trump v. Biden – VOTE Tuesday!

The 2020 Presidential campaign comes down to a precious few days now as the polls – early voting, mail-in and in-person – all will close on Tuesday. If you haven’t yet done so, please be sure to get out and vote on November 3. An integral part of exercising that critical civic responsibility is understanding…

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COVID-19 Webinars

Join the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) at 11:45 a.m. ET this morning for a webinar providing a more detailed look at the Paid Leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, signed into law by the President last week along with some of the provisions pending in…

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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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