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NLRB Denies McDonald’s Appeal on Joint Employer Order
A recruiting sign on the wall of a franchised McDonald's. photo/bmm

NEW YORK – The National Labor Relations Board denied McDonald's Corporation's request for a special appeal on claims that it is a "joint employer" with its franchisees.

CFA and IFA Work Together to Advance Fair Franchising Legislation

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is proud to announce that due to its collaborative efforts with the International Franchise Association (IFA), California AB525 passed unanimously out of the California Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday night.

Honoring Congressman Howard Coble

After serving in the House of Representatives since 1985, representing the citizens of North Carolina, Congressman Howard Coble will be retiring at the end of the year.

Franchisees Win in California Assembly!!

Sacramento capitol dome
Sacramento capitol dome. photo/thomas hawk

SACRAMENTO – California's assembly voted Thursday morning to pass a bill that aims to strengthen good faith and fair dealing between franchisors and franchisees. The final tally was 41 ayes and 27 nays.

California Franchisee Protection Bill Passes Final Committee

The streets of San Francisco
Franchises throughout California, including those on the streets of San Francisco, could see protection. photo/Thomas Hawk

SACRAMENTO — Despite heavy lobbying from the International Franchise Association against the bill, franchisee-sponsored Senate Bill 610 passed its last committee hearing in the California Assembly this morning.

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Franchise Associations Pleased Connecticut Rejects Low Wage Penalties

Dunkin' Donuts in a small town in Connecticut
A Dunkin' Donuts shop in a Connecticut town. Photo by bmm

WASHINGTON – Franchise lobbying groups say they are pleased that Connecticut has decided to reject the Act Concerning Low Wage Employers, House Bill 5069. The bill would have required companies with over 500 employees to pay 130 percent of the state minimum wage.

Maine Senate Kills Franchise Protection Bill

Maine State Senator John Patrick and Senate President
Maine Sen. John Patrick (D-Rumford), LD1458 co-sponsor, & state Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Hampden), opponent, pose for Blue MauMau on day of LD1458 vote

AUGUSTA, Maine – On Wednesday Maine's state senate voted against Legislative Document 1458, the Small Business Investment Protection Act. In a vote of 24 against and only 10 supporting, the senators essentially killed the current form of the bill.

Oppose Minimum Wage Increases!

Two critical legislative issues are scheduled for votes this week. Please read the updates below and go to to express your concerns about an increase in minimum wage and the 30-hour full-time definition in the Affordable Care Act.

Maine Franchise Protection Bill Moves to House Floor!

The Rotunda, Maine State Capitol Building
Maine State Capitol Building Rotunda. Photo by J Stephen Conn

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine state legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development approved on Thursday the Small Business Protection Investment Act LD1458, which passed on to the House floor for debate.

Franchisees, Franchisors Declare Victory over NLRB Poster Rule

WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandoned its appeal to require all employers to post an 11 x 17-inch poster containing information about workers rights to organize labor unions. Franchisee, franchisor and other trade groups are declaring a legal victory against the NLRB.