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Is the FTC Listening to Franchisees? At Least One Commissioner Is

Over the years, many franchisees, franchisee advocates, and franchisee lawyers have wondered if the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is really doing anything to regulate franchising. While the International Franchise Association states there are 733,000 franchised outlets in the United States, the FTC assigns less than one person to the task of overseeing franchising.

AAFD Comments on Additional Covid-19 Relief

The AAFD has issued the following statement to Congressional leaders in support of a second round of economic stimulus to protect franchised businesses in the United States.

AAFD Legislative Update – June 4, 2020

While COVID-19 has stopped a lot of legislative efforts, it has also brought in new issues, many of them being fast tracked to help deal with the current issues. Here’s a brief legislative update:

CARES Act and PPP: While many documents have been put out on this, and endless webinars have been done around the forgiveness of the PPP loans, the latest from the Small Business Administration (SBA) was released on May 28, in form of the “Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rule – Requirements – Loan Forgiveness”.

SB-939 – No Commercial Evictions During COVID-19

The AAFD has just endorsed California Senate Bill SB-939 and thanks CA Senator Scott Wiener for authoring a bill that will provide a much-needed protection to franchise business owners in California by banning evictions of commercial tenants during the course of the Covid19 Pandemic.

Join us in May for our Town Halls

The AAFD has announced the schedule of Town Halls for the month of May:

May 8: Results of the AAFD Franchisor Pandemic Relief Response Survey
May 15: FTC Visits the AAFD Membership
May 29: Covid19 Pandemic Update—Where We are Today!

Franchisor Relief Response Survey – AAFD Town Hall Series Announced

The AAFD is conducting a survey of Franchisor Relief Support in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and we want to invite participation (and share results) with a wide array of franchisee associations.

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