A Monumental Day for Franchising

By: Joey Williams, Intern, Government Relations & Public Affairs

On Thursday, July 27th, the franchising industry received a boost of confidence and clarity when Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) introduced the “Save Local Business Act.” This bill will restore the common-sense definition of joint employer, and decrease the subjectivity of court rulings. For the past two years, franchisors around the country have rolled back training programs and stopped expanding their businesses for fear of being labeled a joint employer. We heard from hundreds of these franchisors and we’re so excited that Mr. Byrne announced this bill.

The announcement came at a 10 AM press conference in front of the Capitol. Rep. Byrne was joined by Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Lou Correa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Tim Walberg (R-MI) as well as franchisees and other small business owners holding signs to support local business. The representatives, as well as a few of the business owners, testified for the importance of the bill and then answered questions.

There is still a long road ahead, but Thursday’s announcement represents a huge win for franchising and small businesses. Join us in supporting the bill as we continue the fight at http://p2a.co/TKCwJs8.