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Franchise Community Urges President Biden to Sign Legislation Formally Overturning Harmful Joint Employer Rule Following Senate Passage

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today applauded U.S. Senate passage of the bipartisan Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, H.J. Res. 98, overturning the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expanded joint employer standard, which would fundamentally change the relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Following passage, IFA sent a petition with over 5,000 signatures from the franchise community to President Joe Biden urging him to sign the legislation.

IFA Endorses California Legislation to Improve Disclosures to Aid Prospective Franchise Owners

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today endorsed legislation introduced in California requiring new registration and disclosure for third-party franchise sellers. Sponsored by California State Sen. Thomas Umberg (D-34), S.B. 919 adds additional transparency to the franchise sales process by amending the California Franchise Investment Law (CFIL) to require third-party franchise sellers to file a sellers disclosure form and provide standardized disclosures to prospective franchisees.

IFA Vice Chair Testifies on Importance of Small Business Access to Capital

Mary Kennedy Thompson, vice chair of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and Chief Operating Officer of Neighborly, today appeared before Congress to discuss the impact of alternative areas of financing on small businesses, especially franchisors, franchisees, and their employees. Testifying before the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations, Thompson discussed her more than three decades in franchising as both a franchisee and franchisor.

IFA Heralds Court Decision Striking Down Joint Employer, Reiterates Need For CRA

Today, Matt Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association (IFA), praised the outcome of a coalition-led lawsuit striking down the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expanded joint employer rule, while also urging Congress to pass a bipartisan Congressional Review Act to provide further stability to the business community.

IFA Signs Coalition Letter Urging D.C. Leadership To Address Crime and Safety

Today, the International Franchise Association (IFA) joined 69 prominent Washington D.C.-based trade associations urging D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the City Council to take swift action to reduce crime and enhance the overall safety of the nation’s capital, which has become a national outlier in rising crime.

IFA Endorses Congressional Candidates Ahead of Primary Elections

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today endorsed a bipartisan slate of twelve candidates ahead of next week’s primary elections, applauding their leadership on pro-business policies supporting America’s locally owned franchise small businesses. Named a “Friend of Franchising,” IFA endorsed candidates in California, North Carolina, and Texas ahead of their primary on March 5, 2024.