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CFA Supports Florida Protection Bill for Franchisees, IFA Opposes

Two Florida state Republican legislators, Senator Jack Latvala (District 16) and Representative Jason Brodeur (District 28), unveiled a bill today that is aimed at protecting franchise owners. Called the Protect Florida Small Business Act, state Senate Bill 750 aims to protect Florida franchise owners from capricious closings of their franchised businesses without cause or even warning by […]

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Will Predictive Schedule Mandates Work?

By Rob Branca Predictive scheduling mandates require employers to have perfect advanced knowledge and employees to act perfectly. It seeks to legislate an impossible result, every minute, every hour, every day. No business can perfectly predict how many customers will come in the door or what they will order. It is very difficult to predict […]

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CFA Opposes Joint Employer While Addressing Franchisor Control

On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an Advice Memorandum (“memo”) which would greatly expand liability for franchisees across the country. The memo creates an expanded definition of the joint employer standard and directs administrative law judges to hold franchisors and franchisees jointly liable in a greater number of labor-related cases. […]

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Government Overreach Continues Even After You Die

By Rob Branca The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued long feared proposed regulations (REG163113-02) that intend to take more of the estates of small business owners, preventing family businesses from being passed on to their children. As has been often lamented about children being forced to sell the family farm to a McMansion developer or […]

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Rubio, Moran, Flake Introduce Bill to Protect Family Businesses

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today announced the introduction of the Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act (S.3436), legislation that would prohibit the Obama Administration from implementing its proposed regulations to unilaterally expand and raise the death tax on family-owned small businesses. All three senators […]

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Franchisees Want Private Right of Action to Pursue Franchisor Lies in Disclosure Document

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Franchise Rule is the guideline that franchisors follow in disclosing the risks and benefits of a franchise investment. It is a rule that the Federal Trade Commission says it strives to update every ten years. The last time it was amended was 2007. At the time, Susan Kezios, chairperson of the American […]

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Two Words that Changed the Face of Franchising

For four years – between 2011 and 2015 – a group of business owners representing the biggest names in franchising joined with a team of lawyers and consultants to amend the California franchise law and level the playing field in a sector of the U.S. economy responsible for nearly $500 billion in gross domestic product. […]

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