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Department of Labor Withdraws Joint Employer Doctrine…a Mixed Blessing for Franchisees?

On Wednesday, June 7th, The Department of Labor made the expected announcement that the Trump administration is withdrawing the Obama era joint employer doctrine. 

This action is a mixed blessing for franchisees. On the one hand, the threat of joint employer classification has clearly negatively impacted many franchisees, including triggering the withdrawal of vital HR support by many “threatened” franchisors.

The AAFD Celebrates Great Franchising at Its Total Quality Franchise Awards

The AAFD Celebrates Great Franchising at Its Total Quality Franchise Awards

On Tuesday, May 2nd, we put on our tuxes and dresses, and the AAFD rolled out the red carpet to celebrate significant achievement in the quest for great franchising at its Total Quality Franchising Awards Gala. The celebration recognized Griswold Home Care as the AAFD’s Franchisor of the Year, attorney Michael Garner for Lifetime Achievement among many other industry and association leaders. Attendees were surprised and entertained by an AAFD team cast (that included AAFD Chairman, Bob Purvin’s ‘Beatles’ impersonation) in presenting some endearing song and dance numbers. Then it was time to celebrate the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards in a beautifully set ballroom at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa.

2017 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Expected to Be the Largest Ever Gathering of Franchisee Association Leaders in History

2017 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Expected to Be the Largest Ever Gathering of Franchisee Association Leaders in History

The AAFD’s “Franchisee Leadership Summit” will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, California as part of the organization’s three-day annual conference and 25th anniversary celebration.

Griswold Home Care and GHCFA Jointly Announce Groundbreaking Franchise Agreements

Griswold Home Care (GHC), a company that provides non-medical at-home care services, and its independent franchisee association, the GHCFA, a chapter of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), have announced the successful negotiation of new franchise agreements that affirm a commitment to a common mission and shared guiding principles. These groundbreaking agreements, negotiated over 18 months, are now among the highest rated in franchising history, scoring above 97% conformity with the criteria set forth in the AAFD’s Fair Franchising Standards.

Judge’s Surprise Injunction Stalls New Overtime Rules for Employers

On November 22, Judge Mazzant of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted an injunction to block the implementation of new regulations from the Department of Labor that would have dramatically increased the number of employees eligible for overtime pay. Franchise owners are heaving a big sigh of relief, but is the fight over? Learn what happened, what it means for your business, and how the AAFD is negotiating with the Department of Labor on behalf of franchisees!

We Welcome Nominations for the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards

We Welcome Nominations for the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards

The AAFD Total Quality Franchising Awards Committee is pleased to invite you to nominate exemplary members of the AAFD and franchising community for the 2017 AAFD Total Quality Franchising Awards. All members of the AAFD community have a voice in the TQF awards’ process. Members, friends, staff, and the public are all encouraged to participate.

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