Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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New York City large-soda ban blocked by judge

(Reuters) – New York City’s ban on large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments was invalidated on Monday by a state judge as “arbitrary and capricious,” a day before it was to take effect. The 11-hour decision was a blow to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose top lawyer quickly vowed…

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Dunkin Franchisees Help Pass Mass. Health Cost Reform

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick on Monday, August 6, signed a health care cost amendment into law that the Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchisee Association pushed for, along with the National Federation of Independent Business, the New England Convenience Store Association and the Restaurant and Business Alliance

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Small businesses applaud proposed health-care reform bill

Boston Herald – The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce threw its support today behind a new health-care payment reform bill filed by the Legislature’s conference committee, saying it was a step forward for health-care affordability and transparency. “It sets a goal for health-care costs that builds on the progress we’ve made over the last 18…

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Massachusetts Senate Rejects Tip Pooling Amendment

Last week the Massachusetts Senate a jobs bills that aims to promote economic development.  In total, Senators filed 126 amendments to modify Senate Bill 2350. One such amendment offered by Senator Rodrigues and Senator Tarr would bring clarity to the Massachusetts tip pooling law. Amendment #76 that we offered would replace Massachusetts’ vague tip pooling…

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Robert Branca on the Jeff Katz Radio Show Discussing the Tip-Pooling Amendment in MA

This is a must listen! Robert Branca, a Dunkin’ Donut franchisee in Mass, NY, Ohio and Fla, spoke to Jeff Katz a radio talk show host in the Boston area on AM 1200 this morning (7/19/2012) at 8:30 am. They may have gotten his title wrong but he did a great job in explaining how all the good intentions legislators have and many times it is warranted, can lead to momumental problems for small business owners and in the case of the tip-pooling law in Mass. negatively impact lower wage workers and customers.

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Fantastic Sams Franchisee Association Prohibited from Using Collective Arbitration

Fantastic Sams is the franchisor of a chain of hair salons. Fantastic Sams licenses rights to its name to regional owners who, in turn, license salon owners to operate the actual salons. In this case, Fantastic Sams brought action against a nonprofit association of regional franchise owners, seeking to stay collective arbitration for declaratory relief against franchisor’s alleged breaches of contract and violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The regional franchise owners’ association formed in order to promote the interests of Fantastic Sams Regional Owners, and its membership consists solely of those regional owners.

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