The Laurinburg Exchange: Bill enabling Association Health Plans moves to NC House

By: Dan Way The Senate has overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 86, which could make high-quality, affordable health care insurance available to tens of thousands of North Carolina residents lacking coverage. The bill enables the growth of Association Health Plans, designed for small businesses and individuals unable to afford insurance. The plans allow individuals and business […]

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Restaurant Biz: ALL RESTAURANTS WIN DURING MARCH MADNESS, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS

By: Peter Romeo The March college basketball playoffs have emerged as a significant sales opportunity for restaurants far beyond the heavily marketed national chains, even if they don’t have a hometown team in the tournament, according to new research. Nationwide, the NCAA basketball tourney delivers an average sales pop of 2.4% to independent and regional-chain restaurants, regardless of […]

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Small Business Committee: Ranking Member Chabot Puts Focus on Franchises

House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after meeting with local members of the International Franchise Association in Springboro, Ohio. The International Franchise Association invited Ranking Member Chabot to this meeting to provide updates from Congress on efforts to bolster small business franchises.   “For many Americans, owning […]

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Bloomberg Law: DOJ Distinguishes ‘No-Poach’ Franchise Agreements

On March 7, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in three related cases in the Eastern District of Washington dealing with alleged no-poach agreements between three fast food franchisors—Carl’s Jr, Auntie Anne’s, and Arby’s—and their franchisees. In the statement, the DOJ attempted to clarify its October 2016 antitrust guidelines regarding employee hiring and compensation practices, including […]

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