CFA Asks for Help on Franchise Relations Bills

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has asked franchisees across the country to reach out to their Congressmen and ask for their support of two bills filed by Representative Keith Ellison (MN – 5th District).  H.R. 3196, The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 will prohibit unfair and discriminatory practices by franchisors and require all parties…

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Maine Governor Champions Citizen Petition

Maine Governor Paul LePage joined the Maine republican party to announce an effort to couple welfare cuts with a proposal to eliminate the state income tax in a citizen petition on the November ballot.  Maine is one of a few states that actually allow multiple topics to be included in one citizen initiative ballot petition,…

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Congress Files to Overturn Joint Employer

Although it is likely an exercise in futility, Republican leaders in both the US Senate and the House have filed legislation seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board recent ruling validating the new definition of joint-employer.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, along with Congressman…

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Sodium Next New York City Target

The New York City Board of Health has approved a proposal that will require labeling of certain foods on restaurant menus where the sodium content exceeds the recommended daily limit of salt (about a teaspoon).  In another prime example of ‘nanny state run amok’, Board members said that even though many restaurant companies post sodium…

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California Fair Franchise Legislation

We are now waiting for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the California Franchise Relations Act, which passed both branches of the California legislature on unanimous votes, into law.  Although we hope he will sign it, we also encourage California franchise owners to contact the Governor’s office and urge him to do so.

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California Fair Franchising on Governor’s Desk

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act has again reached Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature, only this time we would expect him to sign it!  The legislation, which restores some semblance of balance to the franchise relationship, was approved unanimously by both the state senate and the assembly on final votes of 37-0…

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St. Louis Alderman Boost Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases continue to ripple across the country with the St. Louis Board of Alderman being the latest to propose a local minimum.  The Board returned this week to debate a substitute proposal (the original called for $15/hour but couldn’t get enough support) that would hike the wage to $13/hour by 2020.  Although it…

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Bangor Endorses Minimum Wage Petition

Following a committee vote last week, on a 6-1 vote, the Bangor city council endorsed an initiative petition being pushed by the left-leaning Maine Peoples Alliance that will increase the state minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020 and subsequently index the wage to inflation.  The petition is slated to be on the November 2016 ballot. …

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California Senate OKs Fair Franchise Bill

The California state senate yesterday moved the Fair Franchise bill (AB525) another step closer to becoming law when it approved the legislation and sent it to a final concurrence vote in the state Assembly before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  There were compromise amendments adopted in the senate to make the proposal…

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NY Wage Board Minimum Opposed

In a likely preview of a potential legal challenge, the Business Council of New York State has released their comments submitted to the New York Department of Labor.   The organization objected to the wage board’s process for a whole litany of reasons including the improper impaneling of the board, the negative impact the recommendations will…

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