Senate HELP Committee Hearing Sheds Light on Joint Employer

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a timely and informative hearing on February 5th entitled, "Who's the Boss? The 'Joint Employer' Standard and Business Ownership." It provided a great opportunity to raise awareness on the ramifications of recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Capitol Hill.

Congressional Leaders Begin to Tackle Comprehensive Tax Reform

Following the President's State of the Union Address, many Members of Congress have expressed renewed interest in comprehensive reform of the nation's outdated tax code. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways & Means, has shown particular initiative in this area.

Companion Care Regulatory Status

In January, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon struck down new U.S. Department of Labor rules concerning companion care workers - protecting clients, workers and local franchise business owners in the home care industry. IFA Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti praised the ruling. Read more here. However, the U.S.

New York's Proposed Living Wage

On Dec. 18, Senator Daniel Squadron (D) pre-filed NY SB 152,

NLRB Says McDonald's is a Joint Employer

In December, the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) named McDonald's as a joint employer in several labor complaints, drawing criticism from IFA and other business groups. The move is "a devastating blow for the industry" that could increase liability for franchisors and discourage expansion, said Robert Cresanti, IFA Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy.

National Labor Relations Board Moves Forward with a Number of Harmful Rulings

In December, the NLRB approved a set of proposed new regulations concerning union representation votes, commonly known as the "ambush election" rule.

Senate Passes Tax "Extenders" Bill

After passage of H.R 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, by the House in early December the Senate voted before the new year to pass the

IFA Kicks Off its Nationwide Campaign Connecting Local Franchise Small Business Owners with their Elected Officials

IFA held its first of many national barnstorming events in Auburn, New Hampshire, and Sterling, Virginia, on Dec. 16, 2014. The events were hosted by local franchise business owners eager to support both IFA and the Franchise Action Network’s (FAN) nationwide campaign to educate and raise awareness of elected officials on the joint employer issue, the benefits of franchising, and the impact local franchise small businesses have on their communities.