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What Franchisees are Saying About the NLRB’s Quest to Change “Joint Employer” Standard

Franchisees and small business owners across the U.S. are expressing outrage and concern about the National Labor Relation’s Board’s effort to alter the long-standing “joint employer” standard. Under current law, franchisees are solely responsible for wages and benefits of their employees. A change in the standard would take away that control and potentially reduce pay and benefits for thousands of workers. Some may even lose their jobs. Other franchisees said they would have to put off plans to expand and hire more workers.

From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner

An immigrant realizes the American dream thanks to franchising

By Jaime Rodriguez

In 1995, I left my home in Mexico and came to the United States at the age of 14 to pursue my dream of opening a restaurant. I thought America provided the best opportunity to work my way up in the industry and one day run my own business. I now own my own restaurant franchise in Illinois and plan to become a multi-unit franchisee soon.

NLRB wields a sledge hammer against franchising

By Michael Joblove - Special to the Miami Herald

The National Labor Relations Board is wielding a sledge hammer against franchising in its attempt to designate McDonald’s as a joint employer of its franchisees’ employees. The NLRB’s actions threaten to upend the traditional franchise business model that small business owners in America have counted on for 150 years.

A Job Change Leads to Business Ownership


From sales to entrepreneurship through franchising

By Greg Shugarts

The SEIU's Flawed and False Attack on Franchising

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched yet another flawed and false attack on franchising. A narrow and self-serving survey released last week claims that franchisees are dissatisfied with the state of their businesses and relations with the franchisors. In fact, the exact opposite is actually true according to other independent surveys, renewal rates of government-mandated documents and even the SEIU’s own survey.

North Carolina Franchises Join Together at the Capitol to Meet with Legislators and Discuss Benefits of Franchising

On April 14, IFA hosted its North Carolina Franchising Day at the Capitol in Raleigh. In attendance were over 15 members from brands including Great Clips, Sport Clips, Golden Corral, FASTSIGNS, Blue Moon Estate Sales, Nexsen Pruet, Alliance Franchise Brands, McDonalds and Yum Brands, in addition to IFA staff.

Coalition to Save Local Businesses Educates Congressional Staff on Joint Employer Issue

Last month, the Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) held a bi-partisan briefing for the House Small Business Committee on how a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) joint employer standard will affect all small businesses.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosts Event on Joint Employer Issue

Last month, business associations and industry leaders came together at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss recent efforts to change the standard used to establish joint employment.

California Franchise Community Joins Together for IFA’s Third Annual California Franchising Day in Sacramento

On March 11, IFA brought together over 20 franchisees and franchisors from all over California for the third annual California Franchising Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Brands represented at the event included Plumbing Doctor, Home Instead, Mr. Rooter, Glass Doctor, Dominos, KFC, The UPS Store, and FASTSIGNS, in addition to IFA staff and partner organizations were all in attendance to advocate on behalf of the franchise business model.

Thanks to this leadership, the franchise model continues to create jobs and drive growth in California.

Local Minnesota Business Owners Meet With Chairman John Kline

On Monday, nearly 20 Minnesotans representing the local business community were on hand at Anytime Fitness in Rosemont, Minnesota, to discuss with House Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) their concerns with recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would expand the definition of joint employer.

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