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Franchise Advocacy

We’ve set high standards, implemented strong programs, and created sound strategies to drive change in the franchising community for generations to come. The result is the protection and support you need to increase your bottom line.
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Enhancing Brand Protections

Trademarks are powerful symbols. They signal safety, consistency, and quality to consumers. Brand recognition and trust are essential to a franchise’s strength and success. Enhancing brand protection is a key legislative objective for IFA’s advocacy team.

IFA supports the Trademark Licensing Protection Act. This legislation resolves the discrepancy between employment and trademark law regarding brand integrity, provides clarity to brands, local business owners and employees, and solidifies consumer protection.

 

 

 

 

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Expanding Economic Opportunities

At IFA, we believe diversity drives innovation. Studies have shown that when a veteran opens a franchise, that business typically sees an enhanced level of success and goes on to employ people at a higher rate. The Veteran Entrepreneurs Act will extend this opportunity to more of our nation’s heroes by creating a tax credit of up to 25% of initial franchise fees for veteran franchisees. 

Embracing diversity not only enhances our culture, it drives the success of a business. IFA is focused on creating opportunities for minority small business owners and is dedicated to working with Congress to lower barriers to entrepreneurship.

The outcome is impactful: making franchise ownership more accessible to countless entrepreneurs strengthens the future of franchising.

 

 

 

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Franchisee Fairness

Curious about the economic impact of franchising? IFA has the data. 

Franchises are local businesses. Spanning industry, representing diverse ownership, from rural towns to urban centers, these businesses hugely impact the American economy. Regardless of brand recognition or corporate support, franchises face the same challenges as non-franchise businesses. 

IFA fights to ensure our small businesses are treated equally and not penalized because of preconceived notions about franchises. On local, state, and federal levels, IFA’s advocacy team is dialed into the pulse of business-related regulations. 

The Fairness for All Businesses Act is one such piece of legislation, providing the fairness our small businesses deserve. Specifically, the legislation mandates the equal implementation of minimum wage levels between the franchise and non-franchise businesses. By passing this legislation, Congress can level the playing field for all small businesses, and promote healthy and transparent franchise relationships.

 

 

 

Our Recent Efforts
To Protect Franchising
Topic

Qualified Improvement Property (QIP)

By supporting a commonsense fix to the technical glitch in the tax law allowing for immediate depreciation on the costs of eligible remodels, renovations, and improvements, IFA seeks to improve the bottom-lines of thousands of franchise businesses throughout the United States.
Taxes

Healthcare Resources

The Department of Labor provides useful resources on healthcare plans for both employers and employees, ranging from guidance on the Affordable Care Act to Association Health Plans (AHPs) and other forms of coverage.
Healthcare

Veteran Entrepreneurs Act

The Veteran Entrepreneurs Act would provide veterans with a 25 percent tax credit on the initial franchise fee, which the prospective veteran franchisee can elect to pass to the franchisor in exchange for a discount of equivalent value up front.
Labor & Workforce Development

Joint Employer

The International Franchise Association advocates for a thoughtful, clear, and narrow joint employer standard that creates certainty for brands and business owners alike.
Protecting Brands

Franchise Relationship

In recent years, several states have proposed legislation to limit the right of franchisees and franchisors to negotiate business contracts by placing unreasonable restrictions on franchise agreements. Many seek to prop up under-performing franchisees to the detriment of the entire system, and particularly disadvantage the high-performing franchisees that go to great lengths to maintain operational standards, product quality, and brand reputation.
State & Local Issues

Association Health Plans (AHPs)

Whether a large franchisor company with thousands of locations or an individual franchisee successfully running a single unit, delivering affordable health care is one of the most pressing issues facing franchising
Healthcare