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.

Bipartisan House Members to FTC: Support Franchising

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today applauded a group of bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with concerns about the agency’s recent activity threatening the franchise model. Citing the Commission’s March 10 Request for Information (RFI), the congressmen caution that this recent activity does not align with the “statutory jurisdiction or mission of the agency” and that there is no “legitimate basis for the commission’s inquiry.”

Franchising Community Stresses Importance of Protecting Business Model at FTC Open Hearing

Speaking at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) July 20 Open Hearing, Planet Fitness franchisee and IFA Board Chair David Humphrey and IFA General Counsel Sarah Bush urged support for the franchise business model as the Commission considers regulatory changes following its March 10 Request for Information.

​​​​​​​IFA Statement on HELP Committee Advancement of Anti-Franchising PRO Act

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today released the following statement after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (S. 567), the most anti-franchise, anti-small business piece of legislation in Congress, on party lines. Instead, IFA urged support for the Save Local Business Act and the Protections for Socially Good Activities Act, which were offered as amendments today and would protect franchises from unworkable joint liability standards.