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Franchise Opposition to Arkansas House Bill 1783

We are writing in opposition to HB 1783. This legislation has far-reaching and harmful ramifications for franchisors, franchisees, and the contributions of these small and large businesses on the Arkansas economy. HB 1783 is a way to use the legislature to resolve a dispute between parties to private contracts in favor of one side. HB 1783 represents government overreach in its most obvious form, by inserting the state into commercial contracts freely entered by two private parties. If enacted, the proposed legislation would significantly alter the franchise relationship and institute the most extreme franchise regulation of any state, placing it far beyond the onerous regulatory regimes of California and New York.

Franchisee Jerry Akers Testifies Before House Education and Workforce Committee

In a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, franchise owner Jerry Akers testified on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA) today sharing the ongoing workforce challenges facing franchise business owners, the continued path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and his significant concerns with policies such as the PRO Act that could diminish his business and employees.

2023 Economic Outlook Shows Franchise Job and Unit Growth Trends Ahead of Pre-Pandemic Levels

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today released its 2023 Franchising Economic Outlook report, showing that franchise unit and job growth continues to outpace pre-pandemic levels, delivering jobs and business ownership opportunities across the United States, despite economic uncertainty across all industries and in daily life. The report highlights the impacts of today’s unique economic challenges, which have affected system growth and led to an increase in wages, among other factors.

IFA Urges No Vote on New Jersey Anti-Hospitality Bill

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today urged a “no” vote on New Jersey bill A-1958, which the organization warns would undermine the franchise business model in the state. The legislation would insert the state government into private franchise contracts, promote litigation, and diminish brand standards – the foundation of the franchise model. The bill is being considered today by the New Jersey Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.