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Unlike politicians’ promises for free services – free college tuition, free child tax credits, free universal guaranteed income, free prescription drugs, etc. – there are times when items of great value really are offered for FREE! And, that’s precisely what the Coalition of Franchisee Associations is offering franchisees at its upcoming Annual Legal Symposium in…

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California Dreamin’

But some are bad dreams for certain employers! Fresh off surviving a recall election just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a couple of pieces of legislation into law over the past two weeks that won’t bode well for business going forward. Assembly Bill 1003, provides that employers found guilty of intentional theft…

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More About Third-Party Delivery

It seems as though of late reporting on some issue relating third-party delivery firms and municipalities taking action against them is becoming a weekly feature! About a month ago, we advised that New York City joined San Francisco in capping delivery fees; then the City of San Diego was mandating an itemized breakdown of fees…

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Seattle Targets 3rd Party Apps

The battle between municipalities and third-party delivery apps continues nationally as a new law took effect last week in Seattle. Hailed as one of the strictest laws of its kind in the country when it unanimously passed the Seattle City Council back in June, the ordinance, which became effective on September 15, requires meal delivery…

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DoorDash Sues NYC Again

We advised a couple of weeks ago that the NYC City Council had adopted a 15% cap on third-party delivery fees, and shortly after the ink on that ordinance dried, DoorDash and other third-party delivery firms challenged the ordinance in court. While that challenge is pending, DoorDash also filed a separate suit this week, challenging…

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Third-Party Deliveries Drawing Ire

In California, a proposal by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez would require food delivery companies to provide customers – and restaurants – with an itemized breakdown of third-party fees and commissions for each transaction. Additionally, AB 286 would also allow restaurants to set the price of food and drink sold through delivery companies. The bill…

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New York City Caps Delivery Fees

New York City didn’t file any lawsuits, but last week the City Council formally adopted a cap of 15% on third party delivery fees and sent the legislation to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. The law, if signed by de Blasio as expected, will make permanent the 15% cap imposed last year on…

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A World of Their Own: California Election Results

It just seems logical to lump all of the California election news into its own paragraph this year. Let’s start with one of the big ones – gig economy companies won passage of Proposition 22, funded by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and other third-party delivery services. The initiative, which passed by a 58-42% margin allows the…

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Philly Enacts Whistleblower, Delivery Restrictions

The city of Brotherly Love has been approaching business needs from a completely different angle during the pandemic. Just over a month ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the nation’s first COVID-19 whistleblower ordinance. The “Employee Protection in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order”, or the Essential Workers Protection Act as it has…

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NYC and San Francisco Want Delivery Control

Over-regulating book-end municipalities from both coasts are looking to impose new regulations on third-party delivery companies. The New York City Council is now entertaining a package of proposed ordinances that would regulate the operations of third-party delivery companies such as Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats and others. The proposals, filed by Councilman Mark Gjonaj, Chairman of the…

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