Save Local Restaurants Coalition Files Lawsuit to Prevent California’s Officials from Violating the State’s Constitution

Today, the Save Local Restaurants coalition, led by the International Franchise Association, the National Restaurant Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, filed a lawsuit to ensure California’s direct democracy process is respected. The state’s Constitution dictates that, as part of the referendum process, laws cannot go into effect until voters have an opportunity to exercise their voice and vote on the proposed legislation. On December 5, 2022, the coalition announced more than one million California voters have asked for the opportunity to do exactly that with AB 257, or the FAST Act.

IFA, MSA Worldwide Announce Partnership to Offer Franchise Certification

The International Franchise Association (IFA) and MSA Worldwide (MSA) today announced a partnership to offer continuing franchise education and certification through the IFA Certified Franchise Executive™(CFE) Program. For nearly 35 years, a CFE designation has been the premier certification in franchising, offering business, leadership, and legal education unique to pursuing a career in the franchising industry.

IFA Cautions DOL of Overly Broad Independent Contractor Rule

The International Franchise Association (IFA) this week issued comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on its proposed independent contractor rule. In the comments, IFA highlights the importance of a standard that maintains the independence of franchise owners and urges the Department to further clarify that the proposal will not interfere with the franchise business model.

U.S. Senators Urge FTC to Preserve the Franchise Rule

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today applauded a bipartisan letter sent by 14 U.S. Senators to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in support of preserving the Franchise Rule, which is under is decennial review. The letter is a result of IFA leadership and advocacy on the importance of the Franchise Rule to providing information and clarity to current and prospective franchise owners. The letter comes following a similar letter from a bipartisan group of 67 members of the U.S. House