IFA, California Franchisees Release Statement on Passage of Agreement to Protect California Restaurants

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today released the following statement on passage of AB 1228 by the California State Legislature, after it was amended following the announcement of a legislative agreement brokered by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Save Local Restaurants coalition and the Service Employees Union International (SEIU). The agreement will protect California restaurants from the harms of AB 257 (FAST Act), joint liability on quick-service restaurants imposed by the original version of AB 1228, and regulatory overreach by the Industrial Welfare Commission.

Franchisee Testifies Before U.S. House on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses

Testifying before the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, Jimmy John’s Franchisee James Chung shared the impact of franchising on local economies and communities and the ways Congress can reduce regulatory burdens to support small business growth.

Restaurant Industry Announces Agreement in California Regarding Quick Service Restaurants

The Save Local Restaurants coalition today announced that a comprehensive legislative agreement has been reached regarding quick service restaurants and outstanding legislative and regulatory issues in California. The language of the agreement has been inserted in Assembly Bill 1228 (Holden) and this version of the bill must pass both houses of the state legislature by Thursday, September 14. The components of the agreement can be found here. 

New Report Shows Expected Consequences of Proposed Joint Employer Rule on Franchised Businesses

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today released new research from Oxford Economics showing franchisees’ concerns with the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) forthcoming joint employer standard. The survey shows that the rule is expected to increase uncertainty among franchisees, increase costs for franchisees, their franchisors and consumers, and decrease access to business ownership through franchising, which provides a pathway to ownership for women and people of color at disproportionately greater rates.

Indianapolis Franchisee Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Aging

Testifying before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging during a field hearing in Indianapolis, multi-unit, multi-brand franchisee Wesley Snyder, highlighted the unique opportunities created through franchising, as well as continued workforce challenges. Snyder, a franchisee of FASTSIGNS International, PIRTEK USA, and My Salon Suite, emphasized that Congress and regulatory agencies should avoid policies that could harm the business model and take away the independence of franchise owners.