The Case for More, Not Less, Franchisee Protection

Current franchise laws and regulations do not go far enough to protect the interests of franchisees against often times overreaching franchisors according to an article published in Franchise Law Journal, Volume 29, Number 3, Winter 2010, by Lagarias & Boulter.

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Franchisees Explain Why They Are Suing UPS

Blue MauMau reports that a group of Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees who have refused through the years to convert to The UPS Store business model have put together a three-minute slideshow on YouTube to tell their side of the story. Watch the video here.

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With Obama-Care, Calorie Counters Find a Strange Ally: Fast-Food Restaurants

Bruce Watson reports at AOL Daily Finance that part of the health care bill that President Obama signed Tuesday requires all chain restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calorie listings on their menus and drive-through signs. This ruling, which should affect more than 200,000 restaurants from coast to coast, has found a surprising ally: the restaurant industry.

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Obama’s NLRB Appointment Puts Business on ‘Red Alert’

Kent Hoover reports at Portfolio.com that it didn’t take long. A day after Congress left town for two weeks, President Barack Obama on Saturday used his power to appoint people to government posts while Congress is on recess to put Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board.

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The New Health Care Law: Q&A For Franchisees

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) – the “fixes” bill which makes some amendments to the original health care bill. On March 30, President Obama signed the bill into law, completing the year-long process of passing health care reform. In an effort to inform and educate franchisees, the CFA Government Relations Department has provided below “Question and Answers” to help explain the details of the law to it’s association members.

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An Analysis of Recent Franchise Non-Compete Decisions

From time time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. The following is an Analysis of Recent Franchise Non-Compete Decisions written and submitted by Eric Karp and David J. Meretta of Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP 22 Batterymarch Street, Boston, MA 02109 Tel: 617-423-7250

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URGE YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE RECONCILIATION PACKAGE!

The Reconciliation Act of 2010 contains increased penalties for non-compliance and requires employers to include part-time workers when determining whether their company qualifies as a small business. The Senate is currently debating the bill and will begin considering amendments shortly before voting on the bill. As you may recall, the bill only needs 50 votes (with Vice-President Biden as the tie-breaker) for passage. Take Action Now!

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Battling Barre Vermont’s Drug Problem

WCAX.com reports that Senator Patrick Leahy took Washington D.C. on a road trip Monday to Barre to hear about a growing problem drug related crimes in rural communities. The goal, find out what’s working and get more funding for it. Damartin Quadros has owned this Dunkin Donuts in the heart of Barre for 14 years. Open 24 hours a day, he says this area was not always safe.

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