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Alabama Fair Franchise Legislation Stalls

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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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The AAFD Is Growing: New Chapter Support Job Opportunities

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD has experienced significant growth over the last year, and it is looking to expand its chapter support department. We are seeking candidates in all continental US time zones to serve as Chapter Development and Chapter Management Coordinators. We are hopeful that our best candidates may be found or recommended from our community of members and friends.

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A Franchisee Association Case Study You Must Read!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on A Franchisee Association Case Study You Must Read!

The AAFD is proud to present an inspiring case study of a franchisee association that used determination, patience, and a commitment to collaborative franchising to completely turn around its relationship with its franchisor!

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Early Bird Registration for the 2018 AAFD Leadership Summit Is Now Open!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Early bird registration is now open, so register today to save $100 per registration through August 15, 2018! Join franchisee association leaders across the country as we “Take Action and Take a Stand”. Our theme is, “Embracing Our Tasks,” and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the AAFD’s Action Task Forces. Each task force addresses major challenges faced by franchise owners nationwide.

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Please register to join the AAFD’s Franchisee Leadership Council conference call to learn more about the AAFD’s Action Task Forces

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

This is your second call to join one or more of the AAFD Action Task Forces established by the AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit that are focused on what AAFD Members consider to be the primary challenges/opportunities facing franchise owners.

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Coming Soon! AAFD Member Management to MemberLeap Forward

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

AAFD is excited to announce the first major upgrade to the AAFD Member Management association management system since 2008!  Coming very soon, the AAFD is upgrading the AAFD’s Member Management system by partnering with the best in class MemberLeap member relationships platform.

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Lock In 2017 AAFD Rates Now! AAFD Announces Dues Increases Phase In

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Lock In 2017 AAFD Rates Now! AAFD Announces Dues Increases Phase In

If you have considered joining the AAFD or are already member, now is the time to act in order to lock in 2017 dues rates. After holding the line on dues rates since 2014, mounting expenses have compelled the AAFD Trustees to announce a dues increase to phase in over the next twelve months starting June 1, 2018. Higher membership dues will be used primarily to cover the AAFD’s increased labor costs and the just announced upgrade of the AAFD Member Management support platform.

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The AAFD Introduces Short Term Medical Coverage for Its Members

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on The AAFD Introduces Short Term Medical Coverage for Its Members

Losing your health insurance can be scary, especially if you are on an individual Affordable Care Act plan and must wait until the next open enrollment period to find a new policy. Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping you won’t face any serious illnesses or injuries in the meantime, you might want to consider a short term medical insurance policy. At the AAFD, we have just partnered with SimplHealth to offer all of our members short term medical coverage as part of the AAFD Health Benefits suite of health care options.

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