Urge Congress To Support Franchise Bills

We advised you a couple of weeks ago that Congressman Keith Ericson (D-MN) had filed two bills beneficial to franchise owners in the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) and the Small Business Franchise Loan Transparency Act (H.3195).  Now, it is incumbent upon us all to urge our own representatives in Congress to sign on…

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Maine Restricts Employer Social Media Policies

Along a similar line, the state of Maine put in place a social media privacy law for both public and private employers.  The new law, which will take effect on October 15 of this year, prohibits an employer from requiring and employee/applicant to disclose their personal social media accounts or add anyone to their list…

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Random Thought

Against the backdrop of anti-business rules and regulations, doesn’t government realize the more restrictions and shackles it places on small business, the more it hurts our economy?  If we delivered our message and did so in unity as one, the powers that be in government would take note.  By way of illustration, in Massachusetts, Walmart…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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Federal $15 Minimum Wage Proposed

Although pandering for votes is never out of style with politicians, the presidential nomination campaigns are raising it to a new level.  A week ago, democratic candidate and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley formally called for a federal minimum wage of $15/hour.  Not to be outdone, this week democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT)…

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Rhode Island Adds Pregnancy Protections

The Rhode Island legislature last month amended its Fair Employment Practices law to require employers to make reasonable accommodation for pregnant women and new mothers.  Under the bill, which Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law last week, employers must accommodate an employee’s or prospective employee’s pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition.  Further, the bill prohibits…

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Early-Bird Extended for 2015 National Conference

For the few of you who may be procrastinating, DDIFO has extended its early-bird discount registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference until August 15.  The conference, which will include a host of exceptional presentations as well as the annual Hall of Fame induction gala is being held on September 21 and 22 at Caesars…

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Kansas City Follows Suit

Kansas City, Missouri became the latest big city in the nation to adopt its own minimum wage when the KC City Council voted 12 – 1 last week to impose a city minimum wage of $8.50 effective August 28.  The issue is certain to be challenged legally however, as existing Missouri law prohibits local communities…

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National Food Labeling Passes Committee

Earlier this week, the House Committee on Agriculture approved HR 1599, legislation establishing a uniform standard for the labeling of food and beverage products containing bioengineered ingredients.  The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), is designed to preclude individual states from passing labeling legislation that…

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Agreement Moves California Franchise Relations Act

An agreement reached this week between franchisees, represented by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA), on behalf of the franchisor community, has smoothed out the road for AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act, to be sent to the Governor for his approval this year.  In the wake of…

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