On May 14, 2015, the California state Assembly passed AB 525, a bill that would amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act by expanding the protections for existing franchisees. The bill is now in the Senate for consideration.
FRANData, the company that operates the Franchise Registry for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced last week that it adopted the standard franchise definitions used by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) in the Multi-Unit Commentary that was issued in Fall 2014.
Franchisees and franchisors continue to fight new minimum wage laws by U.S. cities that discriminate unfairly against small business owners who are affiliated with franchise systems. Are these types of laws “industry specific” within the meaning of Item 1 of the Franchise Disclosure Document?
The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) third annual California “Franchising Day” is set for March 11, 2015.
2014 was a challenging year for franchising, seeing two new broad-based forms of attack on the franchise model driven by labor unions. The International Franchise Association has created a coalition to fight back.
The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel announced today that it has issued 13 consolidated complaints against franchisor McDonald’s USA, LLC and McDonald’s franchisees naming them “joint employers.”