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We Are Accepting Nominations for the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards

We are officially accepting nominations for the AAFD’s 2019 Total Quality Franchising Awards. If you know a franchise association, franchisor, chapter member, or supporting member who has contributed to the cause of fair and collaborative franchising, nominate them! Check out the full list of the award categories and nomination instructions.

Should You Allow Franchisees Who Are Connected to Your Franchisor to Join Your Association?

Recruiting is always a top priority for franchisee associations, but what happens if you receive interest from franchisees who are connected to your franchisor, such as family members or franchisees who are also employed by the franchisor? This issue of whether to allow franchisees who are especially loyal to a franchisor to join an association was a recent subject of a ‘heated’ dialogue on the American Bar Association Forum on Franchise Law. Some franchisee advocates argued that franchisor friendly franchisees should be barred from association membership as they are innately adverse to an association’s goals and objectives.

Read the AAFD’s Comment to the NLRB’s Joint Employer Criteria

We thought you would appreciate knowing that AAFD Chairman, Robert Purvin, has submitted a public comment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding the AAFD’s position and recommendations for the NLRB’s criteria and standards for determining when a franchisor’s control over its franchisees would result in a finding that the franchisor is the ‘joint employer’ of the franchisee’s employees.

January Was a Great Month for Franchise Hiring in the U.S.

Franchises hired at a brisk pace in January. Did the government shutdown help boost these hiring numbers?

ANNOUNCING…
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AAFD Lifestyle Health Plans

After years of searching for a quality health insurance benefit for AAFD members, we are excited to announce AAFD Lifestyle Health Plans from Medova Healthcare. The AAFD’s newly endorsed health insurance plans offer full-featured, affordable health insurance options with special savings exclusively for AAFD members and affiliated chapters!

Landmark Jury Verdict and Final Judgement Upholds Franchisor’s Duty to Act in Good Faith and Deal Fairly with its Franchisees

By Robert Zarco Founding Partner, Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski and Brito

Recently, a California Superior Court 12-member jury in Los Angeles handed franchisees a huge victory when it delivered an $8.8-million-dollar verdict against El Pollo Loco (EPL) after the popular fast food chicken restaurant set up two competing locations in close vicinity of a franchisee’s existing restaurant location.

What made the case of Janice P. Handlers-Bryman and Michael Bryman v. El Pollo Loco, Inc. such a game-changer is that the court upheld the idea that a franchisor’s duty to act in good faith and to deal fairly with franchisees overrides explicit, yet legally and factually unconscionable terms and provisions laid out in the franchise disclosure document (FDD) including in the franchise agreement.

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