California Franchise Relations Hearing on Tuesday

Although scheduled for this past week, the California Senate Business & Professions Committee delayed its hearing on AB525, the Fair Franchising legislation until this coming Tuesday, July 14.  Talks between the opposing sides on the bill continue and the Committee appears hopeful of resolving a number of sticking points before calling the measure for a…

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California Hearing Delayed Until Monday

The public hearing before the Business & Professions Committee in the California Senate on AB525, the California Franchise Act, was pushed off one week and the next hearing is now slated to take place on Monday, June 29.  It is believed that negotiations seeking compromises between opposing sides of the legislation prompted the one week…

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Connecticut Joint-Employer Expansion Dies with Session

When the Connecticut legislative session ended on June 3, so too did chances for legislation that would have expanded the joint-employer definition (with penalties) to new, dizzying heights!  Identical bills (House bill 6791and S1044 in the Senate) in both branches would have required a franchisor to pay the state a penalty of $1/hour for every…

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California Franchise Bill Set for Monday Hearing

AB 525, the California Fair Franchising legislation is scheduled for its next hearing on Monday before the California Senate Business and Professions Committee. The legislation, which has been refined and streamlined since it was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last September at the 11th hour, has already passed the General Assembly.  The hearing is scheduled…

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Massachusetts’ Paid Sick Leave Starts

Members with stores in the Bay State are reminded that the state’s mandatory Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect on July 1.  The bill mandates that all employees who work in the state, whether full-time, part-time or temporary are entitled to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. …

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Los Angeles Adopts $15/hour

They’ve been moving closer and closer over the past couple of weeks with several preliminary approvals, but this past Wednesday, the LA City Council gave its final approval to a $15/hour minimum wage and sent it to the Mayor for his signature.  By a vote of 12 – 1, the City Council increased the minimum…

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Maine Legislature Blocks Governor’s Tax Repeal

The Maine legislature succeeded at last this week in thwarting Governor Paul LePage and his effort to repeal the state income tax.  LePage has been pushing for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the income tax (put in place in 1967) and replace its funding with increases to the state sales tax.  The Maine Senate…

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Right To Work Done, Wisconsin Looks At Prevailing Wage

With organized labor racking up a number of wins across the country from NLRB rulings, minimum wage increases, and the like, it is refreshing to see what Wisconsin Governor (and as-yet-unannounced GOP Presidential candidate) Scott Walker is now pursuing along with the Wisconsin legislature – repeal of the state prevailing wage law.  This week, the…

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California Giveth and LA Taketh Away

There was both good news and bad for franchise owners coming out of the Golden State this week as the full California Assembly passed AB 525, the Franchise Relations Act, which will help restore some balance to the franchise relationship.  Just two days later, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 14 – 1 vote,…

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NY Governor Cuomo Boosts Fast Food Wage Outlook

A week ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set the table for increased labor costs in the fast food industry with his edict (published as a NY Times Op-ED) instructing a state Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the state minimum wage for fast food workers.  This week, we were served the first course…

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