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AAFD Endorses Fair Franchising Legislation Introduced In California

The AAFD Partners with ADP to Provide a New Discount Payroll Service for Members

The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers Announces Platinum PayrollSM Powered By ADP. SAN DIEGO, FEB 2013 – The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers (AAFD), a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of franchisees and independent dealers, announced today a partnership with human resource powerhouse ADP® to provide AAFD members with significantly reduced costs for ADP payroll services. The AAFD Platinum PayrollSM service, provided by ADP, will offer all existing AAFD members three different payroll package options at discounted pricing. In addition, active AAFD chapters will be eligible to earn incentive revenues when their members participate in the AAFD Platinum Payroll service. “The AAFD is always looking for ways to bring more value to our members, and to make it easier for franchisees to succeed,” said Robert Purvin, founder and CEO of the AAFD. “We are proud to partner with a well-respected company like ADP to help our members save on payroll, and we believe that this new service will be a much-appreciated addition to our existing Branded Programs.” “ADP strongly supports franchisees, and we are excited to be working with the AAFD and their membership,” said Ron Olewinski, District Manager of ADP. “ADP’s payroll services help AAFD members be able to keep a better handle on cash flow and feel confident in their payroll, tax and human resource compliance.” The three discounted payroll options offered by ADP to AAFD members are the ADP Enhanced Payroll package, ADP Complete Payroll and HR package and the ADP Complete Payroll and HR Plus package. The Platinum Payroll service will join a growing list of branded programs that the AAFD offers its membership, including its Franchisee LegaLineSM network of qualified franchise attorneys, AAFD Meeting CallSM, conference and webinar services, AAFD Payment Processing, AAFD Telecommunications,  and AAFD Health Benefits. In addition, the AAFD has previously cemented relationships with large retailers and service providers to offer its membership discounts on a variety of products and services, including office supplies through Office Depot. To learn more about the AAFD or to participate in its ADP Platinum Payroll service or any of its other branded and discount programs, visit the ADP Members Offer Page *** About ADP ADP, Inc....

AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Now Available Worldwide in Print and Digital Formats

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 5, 2012) – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to announce that the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards are now available in both print and digital formats worldwide.  This important work, developed over the past 15 years by a broad committee of leaders within the franchise community, offers a blueprint to fair and balanced franchise agreements and relationships. The standards provide franchise owners and prospective franchise buyers with objective criteria by which to judge a franchise opportunity. Consistent with the AAFD’s marketplace solutions to the problems facing the franchising community, the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards provide well-defined criteria to identify and validate forward thinking franchisors who respect the legitimate rights and needs of their franchisees. The AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee commenced its work in 1994 to develop the standards. Over the past 15 years the committee has consisted of more than 70 franchise leaders, including both franchisor and franchisee business executives, attorneys and franchise business consultants. The committee participated in debates and negotiations in order to draft and adopt 138 individual standards (and counting) that make up the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards publication. The standards represent consensus with respect to virtually every aspect of the franchise relationship. The AAFD Standards Committee adopted the following mission statement: The mission of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is to develop standards relating to various business and legal aspects of the franchise relationship so that a more equitable franchise agreement becomes the standard for the franchise community which reflects and balances the legitimate business interests of the franchisor and the legitimate business interests of its franchisees. “Promoting the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards is the heart of the AAFD’s mission,” said Robert L. Purvin Jr., Chairman and CEO of the AAFD. “We believe franchise systems that embrace the AAFD standards will dramatically drive the success of their brands and result in a fairer and more balanced relationship between franchisor and franchisee. That’s why we’re excited that the standards are now more available than ever. Purchasing the standards may be the best investment a franchisee, franchise buyer, or franchise executive will ever make.”...

AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Published on Kindle Marketplace

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 30, 2012) – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to announce that the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards is now available for the Amazon Kindle. This important work is a blueprint to fair and balanced franchise agreements and relationships. Now, franchise buyers have objective criteria by which to judge a franchise opportunity. Consistent with the AAFD’s marketplace solutions to the problems facing the franchising community, the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards serves as the basis for accrediting forward thinking franchisors who recognize that endorsement of their franchising practices by the AAFD can pay enormous dividends in the franchising marketplace. The mission of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is to develop standards relating to various business and legal aspects of the franchisor/franchisee relationship so that a more equitable franchise agreement becomes the standard for the franchise community which reflects and balances the legitimate business interests of the franchisor and the legitimate business interests of its franchisees. The Fair Franchising Standards Committee was empowered by resolution of the AAFD’s Trade Association Council to draft Fair Franchising Standards which will provide the basis for objective accreditation of franchising companies. The Committee includes franchisors, franchisees and prominent attorneys who specialize in franchise law, all who share the conviction that the franchise community needs a viable and balanced code of standards to define fair franchising practices. The Committee has ultimately included more than 40 members, fairly balanced between franchisor and franchisee perspectives. The Kindle edition of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards has a retail price of just $2.99, which is the minimum price required to offer a publication in the Kindle lending library. Amazon Prime members will be able to obtain the publication for FREE. The AAFD Standards can also be viewed at the AAFD Website at www.AAFD.org. Everyone is invited to visit the AAFD.org website and take a look at the AAFD story video: www.aafd.org/aafdstory today! About the AAFD May 1, 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the AAFD, a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. The AAFD is focused on...

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