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NLRB Reinstates Obama-Era Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision

The National Labor Relations Board last week unanimously vacated the Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. and Brandt Construction Co. decision, which overturned the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries Obama-era ruling that vastly expanded the definition of joint employer, determining that franchisors could be held liable with their franchisees on labor violations, even if the firms did not exert excessive control over franchisees' employment policies.

National Labor Board Reverses Joint Employment Decision in Browning-Ferris

The International Franchise Association received an early Christmas present last Thursday when the National Labor Relations Board overruled its 2015 Obama-era decision by a 3-2 vote in the closely watched Browning-Ferris Industries case concerning the controversial topic of "joint employment."

Phil Zeidman Steps Down after 56 Years of Service to IFA

Philip F. Zeidman, under DLA Piper and its predecessor law firms, has been the general counsel for the International Franchise Association since its inception 56 years ago.

IFA Sponsored Expo West Blindsided by Colorado Beer Fest

West Franchise Expo in Denver
Franchisors sell to an empty room at Franchise Expo West

The International Franchise Association, franchising's largest worldwide trade organization, came away from MFV Expositions' Franchise Expo West's three-day event last weekend confounded and disappointed in Denver, Colorado's Convention Center site.

IFA CEO Cresanti Seeks to Build Bridges with Franchisee Associations

IFA Legal Symposium
Lawyers gather for the IFA's 2016 Legal Symposium in D.C. (photo/sniegowski)

WASHINGTON – Robert Cresanti, CEO and president of the 56-year-old International Franchise Association, invites franchisees and their independent associations to join with the IFA in battling what he deems to be government overregulation that detrimentally impacts the franchise business model.

IFA CEO Invites More Franchisee Involvement

CEO Robert Cresanti listens to panel discussing POS security breaches at the IFA's Legal Symposium in May 2016
Cresanti listens to a Legal Symposium panel of experts (photo/bmm)

WASHINGTON – Robert Cresanti, the newest CEO and president of the 56-year-old International Franchise Association, speaks about franchisee interests, his recruitment into the IFA and his background.

IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim Says Franchise Profits, Rates of Return Are Key

Aziz Hashim presents at the IFA Legal Symposium
IFA chair Aziz Hashim speaks with Legal Symposium. (Photo/Sniegowski)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the International Franchise Association Aziz Hashim sat down with Blue MauMau during his organization’s Legal Symposium last month. He began by discussing his franchise experiences as well as the importance to buyers and franchisors of knowing franchise-level profits.

State Regulators to Tighten Franchise Earnings Disclosure

Attorneys gather for IFA Legal Symposium 2016. Regulators speak on their proposed new guidelines
Attendees of the IFA's Legal Symposium 2016 (photo: Sniegowski)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For years franchisees and their advocates have wanted standard financial terms to be used in disclosures to franchise buyers rather than the present ocean of obscure terminology. They have also wanted clearer franchise earnings information. State regulators are now joining in.

Double Whammy! California and New York Enact $15 Minimum Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
NY Cuomo [D] & Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton [D] cheer wage law.
(photo/NY Governor's office on Flickr)

ALBANY, NY & SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California's governor Jerry Brown and New York's governor Andrew Cuomo competed Monday on which state would be first to gradually raise minimum wage for all workers to $15.

IFA Takes No Action for Now against Conner

Franchise Marketing Systems marketing franchising services at the International Franchise Association Conference 2016
Franchise Marketing Systems at IFA's 2016 Convention

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – For franchising consultant Christopher Conner and the International Franchise Association it was business as usual at the International Franchise Association's 2016 Convention last week, despite the states of California and Maryland ordering Conner to cease and desist from selling franchises.