IFA’s Franchise Action Network Disappointed by Congress’ Decision Not to Include Small Business Fix from Omnibus Package

Despite an unprecedented grassroots, public affairs, media and lobbying campaign this year from the Franchise Action Network and Coalition to Save Local Businesses broad membership, the joint employer fix to return to the traditional definition of employer was not included in the final omnibus spending package this week.


WASHINGTON, Dec. 2—On behalf of the nation’s 780,000 franchise business establishments and the 8.9 million workers they employ, International Franchise Association today expressed support for a provision included in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The policy provision would stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing radical change to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) joint-employer standard.

Virginia Introduces New Law to Clarify and Protect Franchises

WASHIGNTON, Nov. 20—International Franchise Association, the world’s largest organization representing franchise owners, applauded a new law introduced in Virginia clarifying that franchisors and franchisees are separate entities. The legislation, which came in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to expand joint employer liability under a radical new standard, was prefiled by Delegate Chris Head (Sponsor), who along with his wife are Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners in Roanoke and Lynchburg VA.

Department of Labor Takes Aim at Franchise Small Business

On Monday, November 2nd, a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Rhea Lana Riner’s case against the Department of Labor (DOL). This court proceeding was the latest step in Rhea Lana’s fight against an overreaching federal agency that seems to be increasingly hostile towards employers.

Portland, Maine Voters Reject a Discriminatory Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative

Last night voters in Portland, Maine rejected a franchise discriminatory $15 minimum wage ballot initiative by a wide margin, 58 percent - 42 percent. IFA worked closely with a local broad based coalition: Too Far, Too Fast Portland to educate voters on the pitfalls of any discriminatory minimum wage proposal.

Members Testify Against Franchise Relationship Legislation in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee is considering HB 1620, the unnecessary franchise relationship bill that was considered and withdrawn over the last several legislative sessions. Again, the bill was introduced by Rep. Peter Daley (D) a disgruntled, past franchise operator who now seeks to insert government regulations into franchise agreements.

Franchise Community Unites to Protect Industry at IFA’s FAN Annual Meeting

With nearly 400 hundred franchise operators and industry partners in attendance, the IFA hosted the first ever Franchise Action Network (FAN) annual meeting this week in Washington, DC. The event featured a host of issue-forums and recognized members of the Franchise Action Network who have been fundamental to the success of lobbying legislators and hosting events in their local communities.

Franchise Action Network (FAN) Launches Campaign to Keep Franchising Moving Forward

Franchisees representing a wide range of industries and demographics across the country, part of the Franchise Action Network (FAN), are taking to Capitol Hill this week urging Congress to enact S. 2015/H.R. 3459, the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act.

The FAN is IFA’s grassroots network of franchisees, franchisors and suppliers who are willing to get involved in the conversation and engaged on legislative issues at the federal, state and local levels. By joining together to form the FAN, we seek to create jobs and strengthen America’s economy.

Union Members Less Satisfied Than Their Non-Union Counterparts

As the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) continues its fledging campaign to unionize the franchise community to justify its $50 million investment in the Fight for $15, new survey results from Gallup suggest employees who are in unions are less satisfied than their non-union counterparts.


WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 27, 2015 – The International Franchise Association criticized a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today that declared Browning-Ferris Industries to be a joint employer with Leadpoint, a staffing services company. IFA said the decision ignores nearly 50 years of bipartisan policy and decades of court and regulatory rulings and will ultimately harm our national economy.