IFA Statement on New FTC Guidance Impacting Franchising

"The FTC’s actions today are contrary to the reality that the vast majority franchise relationships are working and that franchising continues to grow each year. We have long supported greater transparency and visibility in the franchise sales process, and IFA encourages the FTC to focus on improving the Franchise Rule by adopting IFA’s 2024 Responsible Franchising policy recommendations."

IFA Applauds U.S. House Efforts to Defund Joint Employer

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today led a group of 15 organizations in applauding appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives for including language in the 2025 appropriations bill that would prevent federal funds from being used to administer, implement, or enforce the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) expanded joint employer rule.

IFA Praises Supreme Court Decision Reining in Federal Agency Overreach

“This ruling will rein in the heavy hand of government agencies, which for too long have been left unchecked in their ability to make new laws outside the federal rulemaking process and around the will of Congress,” said IFA President and CEO Matt Haller. “Members of the franchise community applaud this ruling which will extend to policies coming out of the NLRB, Labor Department and Federal Trade Commission – agencies that have recently and consistently exceeded their authority.”

IFA Files Comments on Proposed Franchise Broker Regulations

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today submitted comments to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) in support of its proposed “Franchise Broker Act,” a model for state legislatures which would provide registration and disclosure requirements for third-party franchise sellers and their representatives. In the comments, IFA applauds NASAA’s efforts to establish greater transparency in the franchise sales process, while suggesting amendments to the proposal to provide clarity and practical application of registration and disclosure requirements.

IFA Endorses Congressional Candidates Ahead of June Primary Elections

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today endorsed thirteen bipartisan candidates ahead of their June primary elections for U.S. House and U.S. Senate, applauding their leadership on pro-business policies supporting America’s locally owned franchise small businesses. Named a “Friend of Franchising,” IFA endorsed candidates in New Jersey, Maine, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and New York.

IFA Sues the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Over Walkaround Rule

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today joined a coalition lawsuit in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division taking aim at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The lawsuit challenges OSHA’s new “walkaround” rule, which allows union organizers, trial lawyers, and even direct competitors to access workplaces under the premise of “assisting” OSHA inspectors with routine inspections.