No Earned Sick Leave In Maine

At least for purposes of the next legislative session, the state of Maine will not be considering mandating paid sick leave for private employers.  Filed by Senator Anne Haskell of Portland, the earned sick leave proposal was rejected by the Legislative Council which determines annually which legislative filing will be considered in the subsequent legislative…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum Scheduled

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has finalized the details for the 2016 CFA Lobby Day in Washington DC on Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18.  Registration is now open for this exceptional annual program which this year will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill.  More information is available here…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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A Recap From Pennsylvania

For those who operate in Pennsylvania and follow our efforts to balance the franchisee-franchisor relationship in the Keystone state, we’re glad to provide you with a link to the October 21 House Consumer Affairs Committee public hearing on H.1620. You can watch the full hearing here.

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Fair Scheduling Proposals Spreading

It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country.  Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony…

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Fair Franchising Heard in Pennsylvania

The House Consumer Affairs Committee took public testimony this week on H.1620, fair franchising legislation currently pending in the Pennsylvania House.  DDIFO joined the Coalition of Franchisee Associations along with the SuperCuts Franchisee Association in formal testimony before the committee and urged them to pass the proposal, which was filed by the Committee’s Minority Chairman,…

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Brown Signs Fair Franchising Bill

At long last, California Governor Gerry Brown agreed with virtually every state legislator in the Golden State and signed the Franchise Relations Act into law last Sunday.  The bill, which had passed both legislative branches unanimously earlier in the year, was before the Governor since the final days of summer.  Last year at the eleventh…

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Vermont Angling for Paid Sick Leave

Although (thankfully) their legislative session has ended for this year, the state of Vermont is already angling to pass a sick leave mandate onto private employers during the 2016 session.  That objective was announced by lame duck Governor Peter Shumlin along with current Speaker of the House and 2016 gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith at a…

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Pennsylvania to Hear Fair Franchising

HB 1620, filed in the Pennsylvania legislature by Representative Peter Dailey, a former Quiznos franchise owner, has been scheduled for a public hearing in another two weeks and we encourage as many DD franchise owners as possible to consider attending the public hearing.  The hearing will be held by the House Consumer Affairs Committee at…

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Massachusetts Hears Tip Pooling & Fair Scheduling Bills

The Massachusetts legislature next week will host a public hearing at which DDIFO will testify strongly in support on one bill and just as strongly in opposition to another.  The joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will host the hearing beginning at 11:30 AM, at which it will take testimony on H.1704, an Act…

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