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From the Archives: Are ‘Zors from Mars and ‘Zees from Venus?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

I have compiled a list of the oft-made mistakes that both franchisors and potential franchisees make during the all-critical validation and expectations-setting process. Although no one can completely error-proof their decision, many of these mistakes can be easily mitigated a priori. And, if not, it can be the beginning of an unhappy, short-lived and financially underwhelming nuptial period.

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New Franchise Loan Transparency Bill Introduced in the US Senate

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on New Franchise Loan Transparency Bill Introduced in the US Senate

As our friend, Keith Miller, principle of Franchise Advocacy Consulting, likes to say, there are far more franchisees in this country than franchisors. When we join our voices together, we can be a powerful and persuasive political force. It’s time to raise your voice to support an exciting new bill that was just introduced on July 31, 2019 in the United States Senate by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). While the bill’s overall aims are modest, the changes—if enacted—will require franchisors to provide more transparency to prospective franchisees or face financial consequences. 

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Keith Miller Testifies to Senate Subcommittee on Behalf of Franchisees

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Keith Miller Testifies to Senate Subcommittee on Behalf of Franchisees

Last week, we sent out an urgent call to our membership to contact your Senators and encourage them to attend a hearing held by the US Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy. The hearing was titled, “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?”

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Why Your Franchisor May Not Provide the Supplier Benefits You Expect

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Meet the Experts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Many potential franchisees become trusting of their chosen franchisor and go further to make the mistake of believing that their agreement and supply chain is, and must be, a “take-it-or-leave-it” agreement. Significant dangers lurk throughout almost every franchise or distribution agreement drafted by franchisors and suppliers

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NYT Article Highlights Subway Franchisor Abuse

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The New York Times recently released a scathing article that shines the light on systematic franchisor abuse at the world’s largest fast-food company, Subway.

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Give Your Franchisee Association a Voice – Attend the 2019 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Franchisee Leadership Summit, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

For over 50 years, franchisors have continually tilted the playing field in their favor, successfully eroding franchisee rights and equity. In response, the collective voice of franchisees has been too small and too quiet.

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How to Protect Your Franchisee Equity

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The theme of the 2019 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit is “Protecting Your Franchise Equity,” but we very well might have called it “Reclaiming Your Equity.” Truly, the important benefits of business ownership expected by franchise owners have been under siege for decades, and franchisees continue to see serious erosion of their ability to increase and secure the value of their franchise investments.

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Alabama Fair Franchise Legislation Stalls

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Alabama Fair Franchise Legislation Stalls

What looked like the surprise franchise legislative effort for the year quickly stalled and is now on hold until next year. State Senator Chris Elliott introduced Senate Bill 129, the Protect Alabama Small Business Act, to specifically create protections for franchise owners in the state.

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Independent Franchisee Associations—Special Limited Time Offer: FREE One-Year AAFD Association Membership Just for Checking Us Out!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Independent Franchisee Associations—Special Limited Time Offer: FREE One-Year AAFD Association Membership Just for Checking Us Out!

For over 25 years, the AAFD has pursued a market driven approach to reforming the franchise community. Unfortunately, we live in a political climate dominated by franchisor influence and a dearth of franchisee associations rallying together in common cause. The laws and legal precedents continue to strongly favor franchisor interests. The importance of franchisee associations to aggregate their combined resources under a common banner has never been more essential.  

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Washington Voids Most Non-Compete Agreements

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Washington Voids Most Non-Compete Agreements

Last week, Jay Inslee, the Washington state governor, signed House Bill 1450 which voids most non-compete agreements in Washington state. The law also prohibits francihisors from enforcing non-solicitation clauses. Here is a quick summary of what the law does and does not do, how it may be challenged in the courts, and how it will affect franchisees operating in Washington state or with Washington state based employees.

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AAFD Lifestyle Health Plans – Our Promise Delivered!

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

For the past quarter century our members have begged for help controlling health insurance costs. Indeed, the NUMBER ONE MEMBER REQUEST after protecting franchisee rights has been to find an affordable health insurance solution. Promise Delivered!

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Know Any Great Franchisees, Franchise Associations, or Franchise Suppliers?

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD is still looking for nominations for our Total Quality Franchising Awards (TQFA), and we want to hear from you! Do know any franchisees who are fighting the good fight to achieve Total Quality Franchising? Has your franchisee association made amazing strides this year? Have you received the deal of a lifetime from a franchisee supplier? Tell us about it, so we can celebrate their achievements!

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7-Eleven Franchisees Win Big as Ninth Circuit Vacates Two Court Decisions Against Them

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 7-Eleven Franchisees Win Big as Ninth Circuit Vacates Two Court Decisions Against Them

Two big cases on issues relating to Fair Franchising were given new life when the Ninth Circuit Court vacated the decisions against franchisees and sent them back to district court. These decisions could eventually affect your franchise! Read to learn more.

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

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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.

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

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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.

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

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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.

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

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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?

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ANNOUNCING…
Drum Roll, Please!
AAFD Lifestyle Health Plans

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on ANNOUNCING…
Drum Roll, Please!
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!

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

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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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And the Total Quality Franchising Award Nominees Are…

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on And the Total Quality Franchising Award Nominees Are…

AAFD to Recognize Bluemaumau.org Founder, Don Sniegowski for Lifetime Achievement and Robert Zarco for AAFD Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community.

The Emmys are over, but the Total Quality Franchising Award nominees have just been announced! Every year the AAFD hosts the Total Quality Franchising Awards to celebrate the franchisees, associations, and suppliers who are leading the charge in the fight for fair franchising. Below, we are proud to announce this year’s nominees in each category as well as our chosen recipients for The AAFD’s Lifetime Achievement and Chairman’s Award.

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