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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Consumer Affairs Committee is considering HB 1620, the unnecessary franchise relationship bill that was considered and withdrawn over the last several legislative sessions.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.

WHILE CONGRESS IS AWAY, NLRB STILL PLAYS, UPENDING JOINT EMPLOYER STANDARD FOR FRANCHISE BUSINESS OWNERS

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.

Congressman Ellison's Franchise Legislation: Harmful and Unnecessary

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN-05) recently introduced the SBA Franchise Loan Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 3195). He claims the bill will help small business franchise owners by adding transparency to the process of applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loans. In fact, the legislation will harm small businesses. Chock full of unnecessary regulations, the measure unfairly targets franchise loans and would deter small business growth and job creation.

Business Leaders Urge Senate to Restore Full-Time Work Week

As the U.S. Senate prepares to adjourn for its August recess, business leaders and employers from across the country are urging their elected officials to consider a critical change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would restore the 40-hour full-time work week and put more pay in the pockets of American workers.

SEIU Continues Its Assault, This Time On New York Businesses

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is not letting up on its assault on the franchising industry. This effort is not based on sound economic theory or even the interests of entry level workers. Rather, it is being driven by a messaging campaign promoted by the self-interested union. The ultimate result won’t be more money for workers, just more money for the SEIU.

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