California Franchise Community Joins Together for IFA’s Third Annual California Franchising Day in Sacramento

On March 11, IFA brought together over 20 franchisees and franchisors from all over California for the third annual California Franchising Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Brands represented at the event included Plumbing Doctor, Home Instead, Mr. Rooter, Glass Doctor, Dominos, KFC, The UPS Store, and FASTSIGNS, in addition to IFA staff and partner organizations were all in attendance to advocate on behalf of the franchise business model.

Thanks to this leadership, the franchise model continues to create jobs and drive growth in California.

Local Minnesota Business Owners Meet With Chairman John Kline

On Monday, nearly 20 Minnesotans representing the local business community were on hand at Anytime Fitness in Rosemont, Minnesota, to discuss with House Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) their concerns with recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would expand the definition of joint employer.

Senate HELP Committee Hearing Sheds Light on Joint Employer

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a timely and informative hearing on February 5th entitled, "Who's the Boss? The 'Joint Employer' Standard and Business Ownership." It provided a great opportunity to raise awareness on the ramifications of recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Capitol Hill.

Congressional Leaders Begin to Tackle Comprehensive Tax Reform

Following the President's State of the Union Address, many Members of Congress have expressed renewed interest in comprehensive reform of the nation's outdated tax code. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways & Means, has shown particular initiative in this area.

Companion Care Regulatory Status

In January, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon struck down new U.S. Department of Labor rules concerning companion care workers - protecting clients, workers and local franchise business owners in the home care industry. IFA Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti praised the ruling. Read more here. However, the U.S.

New York's Proposed Living Wage

On Dec. 18, Senator Daniel Squadron (D) pre-filed NY SB 152,

NLRB Says McDonald's is a Joint Employer

In December, the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) named McDonald's as a joint employer in several labor complaints, drawing criticism from IFA and other business groups. The move is "a devastating blow for the industry" that could increase liability for franchisors and discourage expansion, said Robert Cresanti, IFA Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy.

National Labor Relations Board Moves Forward with a Number of Harmful Rulings

In December, the NLRB approved a set of proposed new regulations concerning union representation votes, commonly known as the "ambush election" rule.