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Is Your Franchisor Giving Away Your Leads?

Is Your Franchisor Giving Away Your Leads?

Apr 11, 2016

While many franchisors faithfully pass leads to their existing franchisees, the AAFD has been receiving an increasing number of complaints that franchisors abuse their lead generation programs by using leads to sell new franchises rather than forwarding the lead to the franchisee who effectively earned the business. In fact, franchisor lead abuse has led directly to the formation of several AAFD Chapters. This abuse usually happens in one of two ways:

Is Your Franchisor Planning to Cut Your Sales Territory in Half?

Is Your Franchisor Planning to Cut Your Sales Territory in Half?

Mar 31, 2016

Establishing a meaningful protected market should be a high priority for any franchise owner. A sufficient market to earn an attractive living and profit without competition from your own brand is a key consideration for any franchise investment. A protected market is at the very top of the AAFD’s Franchisees Bill of Rights: “The right to equity in the franchised business, including the right to meaningful market protection.”

The (Not So) New Franchisor Insurance Trap

The (Not So) New Franchisor Insurance Trap

Feb 19, 2016

Insurance is as necessary to a business as pens, paperclips, and a working phone number. Most franchisees must purchase liability insurance, workers’ compensation, disability insurance, possibly health insurance and more. Since franchisees already need to purchase insurance, franchisors have the opportunity to use their large numbers to negotiate lower-cost group insurance policies that can benefit all of their franchisees. Some franchisors do make an effort to support their franchisees in this way.

California adopts new Franchisee Rights Bill, AB 525

What a difference a year makes! Just 12 months following his disappointing veto of fair franchising legislation SB610 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new, toned down, franchise bill on Oct. 12th that amends the California Franchise Relationship law in important ways.

Assembly Bill 525 was introduced this year by a bipartisan group of Assembly Members: Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), Bill Dodd (D-Napa), and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). The bill was sponsored and aggressively supported by the Coalition of Franchise Associations (CFA), with support from several franchisee associations and labor unions. Major credit for pushing passage of the bill goes to the CFA and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

What Franchisees Need to Know About the Brown-Ferris Decision

At the end of August, the National Labor Relations Board delivered a decision on the Browning-Ferris Industries case. Although franchisors and franchisees were not directly involved in the case, the implications of the decision have franchisors and franchisees very worried.

The case itself revolves around Browning-Ferris Industries, a recycling plant that contracted employees from a company called Leadpoint. The two companies engaged in a very standard labor supply contract ….

AAFD Member Benefit Spotlight: Free Subscription to Franchise Times Magazine

AAFD Member Benefit Spotlight: Free Subscription to Franchise Times Magazine

Sep 29, 2015

Every AAFD Franchisee membership includes a subscription to Franchise Times Magazine. This publication is dedicated to reporting news, opinion, and business spotlights within the franchise industry. Within any given issue, you can learn about important legal rulings related to franchising, read about changing trends in the industry, and discover which hot new franchises are hitting the market.

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