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IFA Joins 50-100 Coalition to Protect Small Business Owners from ACA Mandate

The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but small business owners across the U.S. are still struggling to deal with its ramifications. The ACA is full of one-size-fits-all mandates that continue to wreak havoc on day-to-day operations of many small businesses. Employers want to provide good healthcare coverage to their employees, but they must to do so in a cost effective way. The ACA has made that harder to achieve. These businesses need relief.

KANSAS CITY REJECTS SEIU-BACKED DISCRIMINATORY WAGE PROVISION

Although Kansas City is now the most recent city to be stricken by a steep wage floor increase, the IFA and the Franchise Action Network were successful in eliminating language that would unfairly discriminate against locally-owned franchise businesses.

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, issued the following statement yesterday regarding the Kansas City Council’s decision to pass a minimum wage increase to $13 an hour by 2020 without language that discriminates against franchisees:

CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS MOVE TO DEFUND THE NLRBS JOINT EMPLOYER INITIATIVE – URGE SUPPORT

We have good news from Washington; Members of Congress took the first step on a path toward preserving the federal joint employer standard for local businesses.

LEGISLATURE UNDERMINING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE WITH ATTACK ON FRANCHISE INDUSTRY

Consistency is the hallmark of any successful business.

When I spend money at my favorite hotel, store or restaurant chain I expect the same level of quality and service – whether I’m in Sacramento or any other city.

A vast majority of chains are built around the consistency provided by the franchise model.

FANmail, the official bimonthly newsletter of the Franchise Action Network!

FANmail provides you with the latest news relative to the FAN's advocacy efforts, success stories and most importantly, opportunities to get involved. Through your engagement in grassroots, advocacy and media efforts around the country, we will continue to speak as one collective voice in the #Fight4Franchising.

Want Your Business to become a Union Shop?

What would you do with $33 million? Invest in your community to help others? Build your business to provide more jobs?

'Franchise Bill of Rights' a cure for nonexistent problem

With every new legislative session, California’s business community awaits with dread the Legislature’s next effort to grow the big government regulatory state. Reflecting this dread, Chief Executive magazine’s annual CEO survey on business friendliness recently ranked California the worst state for business in America for the 11th year in a row.

It’s not that any individual new bill or new regulation debilitates economic growth. Rather, it’s the cumulative effect of government overreach that discourages new businesses from opening and encourages existing ones to close.

On Jobs Day, A Reminder About Franchise Small Businesses Outpacing Economy-Wide Growth

Each month, the U.S. Department of Labor announces the number of jobs created in the U.S. economy over the past month. Following this monthly ritual, the unemployment rate is adjusted, and countless headlines are generated by policymakers, economists and advocacy groups taking credit or assigning blame for the rise (or fall) of unemployed Americans. Needless to say, job performance has been sluggish for far too long and too many Americans remain frustrated with the pace of the economic recovery.

Connecticut Joint Employer Bill Defeated as Legislature Adjourns

Franchisees and franchisors should celebrate the end of the legislative session in Connecticut with the defeat of House Bill 6791 and Senate Bill 1044. The radical and unprecedented bills, heavily backed by organized labor, would have required a franchisor to pay the state of Connecticut a fee of one dollar per hour for each franchisee employee who was not paid $15 per hour.

IFA HONORS FRANCHISE VETERANS IN MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

Memorial Day - a long weekend to celebrate the unofficial start to the summer. It ushers in the days of backyard barbeques and long afternoons spent poolside. However, amidst the revelry, it is important that we pause and remember the real meaning of this day. It is a day to honor those who have served and are serving. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifice men and women have made to defend our country and the freedoms we enjoy every day.

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