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The Lesson from Maine on Franchisee Protection Legislation

The recent defeat of the Franchisee Protection Bill in Maine speaks volumes about the future of these bills. From the state of Maine, birthplace of Dorothea Dix, John Ford, Stephen King and Longfellow, the legislature has sent a message to those who advocate franchisee protection legislation.

Why Debit Card Fees are Higher Than Ever

In 2010, franchisees won a long, hard-fought battle against the finance industry, as Congress passed a bill which would regulate the exorbitant debit card fees that were being set by credit card companies and banks.

Franchisee Alert: Vote Tomorrow to Revoke New 1099 Requirements

 In 2012, a new law will go into effect which will force franchisees to spend all of their time filling out paperwork.

Banks and Big Boxes Brawl over Debit-Card Fees

On opposite sides of the debit-card-fee fence, both big banks and big retailers nevertheless say that they have the consumer's best interests at heart as they try to win Congress over to their respective points of view. 

Big Banks and Credit Card Companies Attempting to Block Interchange Law

Franchisees need to act now. On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law.

Think Card Check Is Dead? Think Again.

When Congress finally completed its Lame Duck Session in 2010, pro-business government relations professionals breathed a sigh of relief – the “Employee Free Choice Act” – better known as “Card Check” was dead. Again.

What's in the Tax Bill and Will it Really Help Your Business?

As you may have heard, last night the House passed the "Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010" (H.R. 4853) which passed in the Senate earlier this week. The bill is now headed to the White House, where it is expected to be signed into law today.

The Unspoken Question

Our notorious Franchise Council of Australia has basically been arguing that legislators should not put in place regulatory mechanisms and better law that would allow for penalties and the highl

Tombstone Legislation

The term ‘Tombstone Technology’ came about following a catastrophe that took only minutes and claimed a record 349 innocent lives.  Families were left shattered and others were embarrassed.

Health-Care Debate: Issues for Small Business

Cost tops the list of concerns for small business owners as Congress prepares to debate health-care reform legislation