Franchise owners are small business owners and they can have a big political impact, which is our experience in Maine. Franchise owners in Maine will continue to have the opportunity to educate their lawmakers, which we have learned do not know much about franchising, but we have shown them the importance of franchisees in Maine, to invest and create […]
Gov. Brown vetoes bill to protect franchisees
Patrick McGreevy of the Los Angeles Times reports that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation to protect small-franchise owners against fast-food giants and convenience store chains, saying he needs more proof there is a problem before considering changes that would “significantly impact California’s vast franchise industry.” The measure by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would have […]
Help SB610 become law in California!
On August 21st, the California state senate voted 23 – 9 in favor of SB 610, a bill that strengthens franchisor good faith relations with franchisees. In order the turn this important piece of legislation into law, it is crucial that all franchisees express their support of the bill and ask the Governor to allow […]
Failure to Pass Franchise Protections 20 Years Ago Cost Maine More Franchised Units
In 1994, Legislative document 1916, or as some people remember it — The Franchise Practices Act, was shot down by Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. even after it passed both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. Leonard Kovit, owner of 5 Meineke’s in Maine and New Hampshire in 1994, remembers the bill […]
First Annual Maine Franchise Owners Franchise Business Day and Legislators Meet & Greet set for January 29th
The Maine franchise owner community is invited to attend the First Annual Maine Franchise Owners Franchise Business Day and Legislators Forum on January 29, 2014. The event will begin at 1 p.m with the “Franchise Business Day” forum to share timely information, best practices and resources for Maine franchise owners. A Franchise Owner and Legislators […]
Blue Ribbon Commission Investigates Unemployment Claims in Maine
Commission findings are due to be published on December 2nd, 2013 Gov. Paul LePage announced on April 17 that he was forming the blue ribbon commission, a special commission to investigate the state’s entire unemployment compensation system. According to a news release from Gov. LePage’s office, the Blue Ribbon Commission includes representatives of both employers […]
Paid Sick Leave – Another Unfunded Mandate?
More U.S. cities and states are considering mandating paid sick leave. Only four cities, Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Washington, D.C., and one state, Connecticut, have enacted legislation mandating that all workers be provided with paid sick leave. Portland, OR is the most recent city to adopt a paid sick leave ordinance that […]