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Joint Employer Legislation

Will you urge your members of Congress to support the "Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act;" legislation that provides a simple definition of "joint employer" in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)?

With President-elect Trump’s victory, many regulations and executive actions may be quickly rolled back by the new Republican administration. However, the August 2015 joint employer standard created by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its corresponding harm to thousands of local businesses will not go away until Congress enacts a permanent legislative solution.

It is vital to communicate with your elected officials about the dangerous impact joint employer will continue to have on small businesses until a legislative solution is reached.

Please click here to submit a letter urging your members of Congress to support this important legislation.

Please click here to view franchisee talking points on this issue.

Please click here to learn how the new "joint employer" standard threatens businesses everywhere.

Please click here to separate the common myths from the hard facts about the joint employer standard.


Overtime Regulation

Overtime Rule Halted

On November 22, 2016, Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction for the anticipated implementation of the new overtime rule. The rule, proposed by the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor, would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay. The rule was set to take effect Dec. 1, doubling to $47,476 the salary threshold under which virtually all workers receive time-and-a-half pay whenever they work more than 40 hours in a given week.

This injunction is a significant victory for franchise owners faced with an egregious and nonsensical threshold increase.

IFA continues to recommend that franchise business leaders explore the IFA's Overtime Compliance Tool, also known as Navigator OT, which is much more than an overtime tool, but rather it is an easy-to-use, affordable, web-based program for navigating all wage and hour and independent contractor laws.

Read the IFA's full reaction on the preliminary injunction, as well as an outlook to what comes next in 2017 here.


2016 Franchise Public Policy Platform

Main Street businesses, including local franchise businesses, are a pillar of job creation. America’s 800,000 franchise establishments support nearly 9.1 million direct jobs, $944 billion of economic output and 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While the franchise industry is projected to grow faster than the overall economy, adding over 13,000 new franchise establishments and 278,000 direct jobs in 2016, the industry continues to face significant public policy threats that put the franchise business model at risk. The franchise industry would see additional growth if the following policy changes were to be enacted: Click here to view the 2016 Franchise Public Policy Platform.


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