http://www.bluemaumau.org/frontpageblogs en Federal Fair Franchise Act of 2015, Not So Outrageous After All http://www.bluemaumau.org/federal_fair_franchise_act_2015_no_so_outrageous_after_all <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Some franchisor advocates have indicated outrage at the idea that federal legislation such as the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 has been introduced (not passed, but simply introduced) to regulate the relationship between franchisees and franchisors. Even a quick look at the history of franchising and the history of federal legislation demonstrates that the idea of the federal government protecting small businessmen, small investors and everyday citizens from abuse by larger entities is not so outrageous after all.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/federal_fair_franchise_act_2015_no_so_outrageous_after_all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/federal_fair_franchise_act_2015_no_so_outrageous_after_all#comments Politics Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:55:41 +0000 Jeff Haff 14664 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Supreme Court to Employers: Ignorance of Religious Practice Is No Excuse http://www.bluemaumau.org/supreme_court_employers_ignorance_religious_practice_no_excuse <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (&quot;Title VII&quot;) prohibits employment discrimination based on religion, and imposes on employers a proactive duty to accommodate religious practice that may conflict with workplace practices, as long as the religious practice does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/supreme_court_employers_ignorance_religious_practice_no_excuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/supreme_court_employers_ignorance_religious_practice_no_excuse#comments advice EEOC workplace practices Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:50:53 +0000 Mark Fijman 14644 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Beer for Breakfast? Depends How You Market It http://www.bluemaumau.org/beer_breakfast_depends_how_you_market_it <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Remember when you were growing up and they told you to &ldquo;start your day with a good breakfast?&rdquo; And then the joke when you were in college, &ldquo;Beer &ndash; it&rsquo;s not just for breakfast?&rdquo; Well, here&rsquo;s what happens when categories weaken and worlds collide!</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/beer_breakfast_depends_how_you_market_it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/beer_breakfast_depends_how_you_market_it#comments Marketing Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:45:04 +0000 Robert Passikoff 14661 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Will Joint Liability Result in Less Franchisee Freedom? Really? http://www.bluemaumau.org/will_joint_liability_result_less_franchisee_freedom_really <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A franchise can be a great small business opportunity for entrepreneurs. For a first-time business owner, a franchise may avoid some of the risks associated with a start-up. Instead of starting from scratch, a franchisee can rely on an established brand name and business model. At the same time, a franchisee also has some independence over the daily operations of his or her business.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/will_joint_liability_result_less_franchisee_freedom_really" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/will_joint_liability_result_less_franchisee_freedom_really#comments Legal News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:32:45 +0000 Mario Herman 14660 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Subway's Face Lift: Fixing Franchisor Flexibility http://www.bluemaumau.org/subways_face_lift_fixing_franchisor_flexibility <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>By now news of Subway&#39;s version 2.0&mdash;it&rsquo;s hoped for rebirth and revival-- are available via the <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/08/30/subway-preparing-multifaceted-facelift-amid-slumping-sales/" target="_blank">New York Post&rsquo;s Monday</a> piece. Insiders in the restaurant industry knew it was inevitable.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/subways_face_lift_fixing_franchisor_flexibility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/subways_face_lift_fixing_franchisor_flexibility#comments food QSR restaurant business Subway sandwich shops Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:16:41 +0000 john a. gordon 14657 at http://www.bluemaumau.org The NLRB Decision Will Not Destroy Franchising As We Know It! http://www.bluemaumau.org/nlrb_decision_will_not_destroy_franchising_we_know_it <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>I was never a believer that a National Labor Relations Board ruling on McDonald&rsquo;s being a &ldquo;joint-employer&quot; would end franchising as Steve Caldeira, CEO and president of the International Franchise Association, has maintained. It would simply be a wake-up call for franchisors to review for over controlling policies and procedures when it comes to instructing franchisees and their employees.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/nlrb_decision_will_not_destroy_franchising_we_know_it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/nlrb_decision_will_not_destroy_franchising_we_know_it#comments Politics franchisor interference with franchisee employees IFA International Franchise Association opposition to NLRB joint employer status of franchisee and franchisor National Labor Relations Board NLRB Over controlling franchisors Universal franchisee bill of rights Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:35:27 +0000 Jim Coen 14652 at http://www.bluemaumau.org When Franchising a Business, Apply These Statistics to the Franchising Process http://www.bluemaumau.org/when_franchising_business_apply_these_statistics_franchising_process <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>When a company decides to franchise its business, it&#39;s important ownership understands the&nbsp;risks.</p> <p>The franchise model continues to provide a formula for success. However, just like other business ventures, franchising a business carries a certain amount of risk for franchisors.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/when_franchising_business_apply_these_statistics_franchising_process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/when_franchising_business_apply_these_statistics_franchising_process#comments Startup franchisor expert franchising franchise startup franchise systems franchisor resources investment capital Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:46:31 +0000 Ed Teixeira 14651 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Drunk on Starbucks? http://www.bluemaumau.org/drunk_starbucks <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Last Friday I had the occasion to stop by Starbucks during their Starbucks Evenings time, which the company has started rolling out to 70+ locations across Orlando, Denver, Miami, northern California, and New York City. There are very few moves that retailers can legitimately make that take them into adjacent spaces with their existing brands, but I have to say, this seems to be one of them. Here&rsquo;s what I saw.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/drunk_starbucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/drunk_starbucks#comments food Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:09:07 +0000 Nikki Baird 14650 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Montauk Manor http://www.bluemaumau.org/montauk_manor <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The history of modern Montauk on eastern Long Island is intimately interwoven with the legendary real-estate developer Carl Graham Fisher. In 1925, Fisher purchased the entire peninsula of Montauk &ndash; over 10,000 acres in total for $2.5 million &ndash; to develop as a grand resort.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/montauk_manor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/montauk_manor#comments Hotel history Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:56:00 +0000 Stanley Turkel 14649 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald's to Eliminate Stores & Jobs http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_eliminate_stores_jobs <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>If you haven&rsquo;t heard, McDonald&rsquo;s hasn&rsquo;t been doing all that well. They haven&rsquo;t been doing all that well for some time now, and the company is going to close more U.S. restaurants this year than they open, something that hasn&rsquo;t happened in 45 years!</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_eliminate_stores_jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_eliminate_stores_jobs#comments Marketing brand loyalty engagement QSR top brand loyalty Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:31:02 +0000 Robert Passikoff 14646 at http://www.bluemaumau.org