There is a New Way to Find Franchisees in Ireland

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If you want to reach Europe’s fastest growing economy at The Franchise Show, Ireland, but don’t have time to exhibit in your own booth you can consider the Showcase in the US Pavilion.

Taking place September 9th & 10 in Dublin, the Showcase lets you present your concept on the show floor to thousands of prospects with signage, a 50-word description, and promotional material.  The program will be backed-up and staffed by experienced professionals who will capture & qualify interested candidates as they present your opportunity to all attendees, including prospective master franchisees and area developers.  The Franchise Show, Ireland includes a matchmaking platform.  Prospective franchisees participating in matchmaking will be gauged for their interest in brands participating in the Showcase.  All interested candidates will be given to you, directly following the event.  The Showcase participation fee is $1,950.

Ireland is:

  • The only English speaking European Union member country still committed to EU membership
  • The fastest growing economy in the Eurozone
  • Home to a flourishing Franchise industry, already worth nearly $3 billion
  • Administered by a stable Government with good, existing, international connections across Europe and beyond

Call Rick Brunsman for more information about the Showcase at 201.881.1606 or email RBrunsman@MFVexpo.com.

To learn more about the Expo visit: www.thefranchiseshow.ie

 

IFA Chair Aziz Hashim Speech at IFA Legal Symposium: We Need to Grow Understanding of Franchising

Speaking to a packed room of attorneys and franchise executives, IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim spoke about a new vision of engaging franchise employees and the public during the opening remarks of IFA’s 2016 Legal Symposium. Mr. Hashim drew from his deep experience as both a franchisee and franchisor, noting that the success of the business model in creating a seamless consumer experience has led to the misperception that franchisors employ franchisees’ employees among the public and policymakers.  This misperception, he says, has led to misguided policies like the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) nebulous joint employer standard.

While IFA’s efforts to educate the public, policymakers, and other influencers has been successful at gaining awareness of the issue, the inherent misunderstanding of franchising will take time to rectify. Mr. Hashim’s vision for the future includes part of the training program for every new employee of a franchisee to include an IFA-provided breakdown of what franchising is, and who the employee’s actual employer is. With over 9 million people directly employed in franchised businesses at any given time, it is paramount that employees are able to relay the positive message of franchising and its local impact.  Mr. Hashim’s term as IFA Chairman looks like it will kick off the process of alleviating the misperceptions of franchising, much like his rousing words kicked off a successful IFA Legal Symposium.

Officials Talk Joint Employer & Regulatory Overreach at IFA Legal Symposium

NLRB Member Phillip Miscimarra

NLRB Member Phillip Miscimarra Speaking at IFA’s 2016 Legal Symposium

National Labor Relations Board Member Phillip Miscimarra and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) electrified the crowd of attorneys at IFA’s 2016 Legal Symposium this week with their respective speeches on the new joint employer standard and other problematic regulations.

Member Miscimarra’s captivating speech used a variety of diagrams stemming from his dissent in the bombshell Browning-Ferris Industries case, wherein the majority’s opinion upended the long-standing joint employer standard. Miscimarra’s primary point was the majority’s opinion in the case does not clearly define how new collective bargaining agreements will be made with clients of contractors and subcontractors. In his view, the nebulous nature of the standard does not provide guidance for many situations, like when a client no longer uses a contractors’ services, or if a new client joins an existing collective bargaining agreement relationship. This nebulousness results in widespread uncertainty for small business owners, who no longer know for sure if their contractual relationships are in compliance with the law.

Rep. Byrne began his speech speaking about unions’ influence on the current administrations executive agencies, citing the push for ‘card check’ legislation as evidence waning union membership is driving union leaders to seek extraordinary concessions. Furthermore, Rep. Byrne noted the importance of a balanced dialogue on the pros and cons of unionization in the context of the persuader rule, saying the current “playing field is imbalanced”. The persuader rule would make it much more difficult for small business owners to seek out advice on labor law and union matters and also damages attorney-client privilege, as well as limiting information available to employees considering unionization.

A co-sponsor of the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act of 2016, Rep. Byrne spoke at length about the negative effect the revised joint employer standard will have on franchise small business growth. He also talked about his son, whose first job at a restaurant taught him more about the real world than four years of business school, and how overregulation kills opportunities for young people trying to get their first job on the path to upward mobility.

Regardless of who is in the White House next year, it should be encouraging for franchise businesses to know there are agency officials and members of Congress like Rep. Byrne who remain concerned and active in pushing back regulatory overreach which is suppressing businesses and individuals’ growth potential.

Fuel Your Growth at #EmergingFranchisors2015!

Imagine being given tools and then told to build something. Well, as many of us know, it’s definitely a challenge to start on your own! However, given the proper resources, it could end up being the best learning opportunity. Now take that approach and apply it to your business. If you are a growing franchisor and looking for the premier franchising networking event filled with resources, then look no further! IFA has teamed up with a taskforce to implement a program that could best serve the emerging franchisor’s needs.

The 2015 Emerging Franchisor Conference is an interactive platform for executives of brands that are just stepping into the market.  Join fellow professionals who have been in the business for quite a while to gain tips and apply proven strategies on how to make your brand shine. Hear David Long, Founder & CEO, Orangetheory Fitness talk about how he transformed a simple workout to a global franchise. You’ll also hear Shannon Wilburn, CEO & Co-Founder, Just Between Friends, discuss five critical pillars to support your company’s growth, and much more! After hearing their motivational stories, there is no doubt that you will be ready to fuel your growth.

Not only does this event advise you on the necessary steps to reach the top, but it helps guide you in the right direction, especially in connection with your franchisees. Building trust from the start is crucial in any relationship, so enhance the connection with your current franchisee while creating new relations. By the end of the conference, you will know who you want to play a key role in your business, what you want from them, and where to put them in action.

Don’t just sit in the present to wait for something to happen in the future, take a plunge in this unique educational opportunity offered by IFA and register for the 2015 Emerging Franchisor Conference in beautiful Miami, FL November 18-19 today! The program brochure is now available, so click here to see what’s in store!

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Small business owners to Congress: NLRB’s new test is targeting franchises

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to address the NLRB’s revised “joint employer” standard as detailed in its August 27 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries.  The Board indicated that “indirect, potential, or ultimate” control over another employer’s workers could be enough to trigger a finding of joint employment, a change from the previous standard requiring direct and immediate control over terms and conditions of employment.  The committee is also considering a legislative solution – Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced legislation last month, the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, to restore the decades-old definition of joint employer.

Among the panel of witnesses was Ciara Stockeland, Owner and Founder of MODE, a fashion retail franchise based in Fargo, ND.  MODE is a small franchisor with 12 locations, and plans to expand to 75 by 2024.  “The uncertainty introduced by the NLRB’s BFI decision jeopardizes the expansion of my business,” Ms. Stockeland testified.  “As a small business owner who meets countless public and private demands and competes against massive corporations each day, I find it terribly frustrating to have regulators harming my business and the careers of so many others in our system.”

Despite the NLRB’s ongoing litigation against franchise companies alleging joint employer liability, some Senators insisted that a new joint employment standard will not present a problem for franchise businesses, pointing to the NLRB General Counsel’s advice memorandum in the Freshii case declaring that a single franchisor was not a joint employer with its franchisees.  In response, Ms. Stockeland testified that the Freshii memo “is simply a distraction,” noting that the memo does not hold the force of law and has not been fully litigated like the Browning-Ferris Industries case was.  She also pushed back on the Senators’ arguments that Browning-Ferris does not impact franchise companies since it was a ruling on contracting relationships, saying that “every franchisor-franchisee relationship is based on a contractual franchise agreement.  Franchising is contracting.”

Ms. Stockeland also attended yesterday’s White House Summit on Worker Voice, an event designed to bring together leaders from the labor, employer, and advocate communities to explore ways to collaborate to improve jobs and the economy.  However, the event has been criticized as being biased towards labor unions, with very few representatives from the employer community invited to participate.  “I think from what I have heard, I am in the minority there,” she told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview on Tuesday.  “But I am excited to tell my story.”

Chairman Alexander’s bill, S. 2015, continues to gain momentum in the Senate and currently has 60 co-sponsors.  Identical legislation in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3459, is sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and has 44 co-sponsors.

To watch video of Tuesday’s hearing, click here.  To send a letter to your legislators urging them to support the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, click here.