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Why I Met With My Senator In-state And Why You Should Too!

By Barbara Craigie, FASTSIGNS® Franchisee of Lewiston, ID and FAN

As a franchise small business owner, I’ve been very concerned about a number of rules and regulations coming out of the federal government. So last week, I was glad I had the chance to speak my mind while attending a town hall meeting hosted by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID).

Companies View Houston as Hot Franchisee Market

By Mike D. Smith
Houston Chronicle
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Companies-view-H...
02/12/2016

Updated 10:13 pm 02/12/16

Even with the specter of low crude oil prices dragging on Houston's economy through 2016 and possibly beyond, businesses far and wide still see plenty of opportunity here.

Dwyer-inspired VetFran Continues to Help Transitioning Veterans

Founded in 1991 by Don Dwyer Sr., IFA's VetFran was created to provide access and opportunities in franchising to our nations veterans and their spouses. Don, who was founder of the The Dwyer Group, started the initiative as a way to say "thank you" to our veterans returning from the first Gulf War. Since its inception, the initiative has grown to a network of over 650 franchise brands that voluntarily offer financial discounts, mentorship, and training for aspiring veteran franchisees and veterans seeking employment.

Indiana Legislature Pushes Back Against Federal Government Attacks on Franchising

The Indiana House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation providing clarity to the small business community, codifying that a franchisor is not considered to be an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee's employees.

Indiana House Bill 1218 passed out of the House Employment, Labor & Pensions Committee unanimously last week, 11-0. On February 1, the full Indiana House took up the measure where it passed with bipartisan support, 93-0. House Bill 1218 will next head to the Senate and will be scheduled for a hearing.

Franchise Industry Poised for Growth in 2016 Despite Regulatory Threats

For the sixth consecutive year, the franchise industry is expected to outpace non-franchise business growth in 2016, according to the Franchise Business Outlook: 2016 released this week by the International Franchise Association.

IFA’s Franchise Action Network Disappointed by Congress’ Decision Not to Include Small Business Fix from Omnibus Package

Despite an unprecedented grassroots, public affairs, media and lobbying campaign this year from the Franchise Action Network and Coalition to Save Local Businesses broad membership, the joint employer fix to return to the traditional definition of employer was not included in the final omnibus spending package this week.

THE TIME IS NOW: IFA CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT THE FUTURE OF FRANCHISE BUSINESS OWNERS

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2—On behalf of the nation’s 780,000 franchise business establishments and the 8.9 million workers they employ, International Franchise Association today expressed support for a provision included in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The policy provision would stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing radical change to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) joint-employer standard.

Virginia Introduces New Law to Clarify and Protect Franchises

WASHIGNTON, Nov. 20—International Franchise Association, the world’s largest organization representing franchise owners, applauded a new law introduced in Virginia clarifying that franchisors and franchisees are separate entities. The legislation, which came in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to expand joint employer liability under a radical new standard, was prefiled by Delegate Chris Head (Sponsor), who along with his wife are Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners in Roanoke and Lynchburg VA.

Department of Labor Takes Aim at Franchise Small Business

On Monday, November 2nd, a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Rhea Lana Riner’s case against the Department of Labor (DOL). This court proceeding was the latest step in Rhea Lana’s fight against an overreaching federal agency that seems to be increasingly hostile towards employers.

Portland, Maine Voters Reject a Discriminatory Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative

Last night voters in Portland, Maine rejected a franchise discriminatory $15 minimum wage ballot initiative by a wide margin, 58 percent - 42 percent. IFA worked closely with a local broad based coalition: Too Far, Too Fast Portland to educate voters on the pitfalls of any discriminatory minimum wage proposal.

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