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Franchisee Action Required – H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As you probably know, and has been widely reported, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Act overnight this past Friday.  It will be debated and likely passed in the Senate on Monday, and the President has already expressed his support.  Of course, the question on all of our minds is how does it impact us as franchisees?  First, a lot will come out in the coming days, with many organizations providing their analysis of the legislation.  It’s 124 pages long, so it’s not an easy task.  As detailed analysis becomes available, I will get that to you. A link to the legislation can be found here.

Postponed to May 2021 – Rymal and Dillon Return as Co-Chairs of 2020 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit

Stephen Rymal and franchise attorney Bryan Dillon will return as co-chairs of the AAFD’s 2020 Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference, taking place October 14 – 17 at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel in Mesa, Arizona.   The conference co-chairs are responsible for developing the content of the meeting, recruiting top seminar speakers, and supporting this year’s theme, “Empowering Franchisee Associations.”   

The AAFD Announces Four New Franchisee Chapters 

The AAFD announced today the formation of several new franchise associations as chapters of the AAFD. Each chapter will leverage the combined voices of all its members to establish an environment of collaboration between franchisees and franchisors. The four new chapters represent franchisees from:  iTrip Vacations, Amada Senior Care, Code Ninjas, and F45 Training®. 

Our Government Protects All Consumers… Except Franchisees!

The recently reported scandal involving the BurgerIM® franchise system apparent implosion, has refocused a bright spotlight on the question, “How is a franchisor able to perpetrate a fraud within the fabric of franchising regulations in America?”
Have you ever heard the expression caveat emptor? It means “buyer beware.” For much of U.S. history, caveat emptor was the name of the game in consumer protection. Businesses, hucksters, and snake oil salesmen of all stripes could sell whatever they wanted and make any claims they wanted about their products. It was up to the buyer to make sure they got a fair deal.

The AAFD Welcomes the Independent Association of BurgerIM® Franchisees

In the wake of bombshell revelations (reported on January 20th in Restaurant Business Online, “The BurgerIM Disaster”) of hundreds of franchisees not receiving promised services and support, and serious allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and misappropriation of franchisee funds, scores of BurgerIM franchisees have launched the BurgerIM Franchisees Chapter of the AAFD. The association has quickly established a steering committee, a membership committee, and a bylaws committee. It is preparing to elect a board of directors and is rapidly increasing its membership.   

Save the date for the 2020 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference: “Empowering Franchisee Associations”.

Last year’s AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference was a rousing success. We achieved a lot in 2019, but the fight for fair franchising is far from over! 

We need to keep the momentum going to further empower franchisees and protect the equity they work so hard to build in their franchise businesses. Join us this October in Mesa, Arizona for the AAFD’s 2020 Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference. 

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