The FTC signals a tougher stance on franchising, for now

The Bottom Line: The agency’s comments last week represented some of its toughest regulatory moves on franchising in years. But the election might have a say in it.


Another wage hike could be set this month for California's QSRs

Government Watch: The state's wage-setting Fast Food Council is slated to meet again, and efforts to boost the pay floor for fast-food workers is likely to be a key focus.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently listed some of the biggest concerns franchisees expressed during public comments last year.

Working Lunch: The podcast from Align Public Strategies also delves into an idea to eliminate taxes on tips as well as developments in Ohio and Massachusetts.

The agency also said that franchisors can’t take action against franchisees that take complaints about the business to the government.

Government Watch: For restaurants, not all the election drama is centered on whether Biden stays in the race, and not all the mud is being slung by the presidential candidates.

A survey of nearly 4,000 tipped restaurant workers found 9 of 10 prefer the current setup to getting a higher wage.

Members of the Fast Food Council, the new body empowered to set pay, say the model may need considerable tweaking to realize its promise.

Legislation proposed to the City Council on Tuesday would require employers to provide additional training, more paid time off and advance shift scheduling.

The requirements include providing paid breaks every two hours when temperatures soar in indoor workplaces like kitchens, as well as providing cool-down areas, drinking water and establishment of a safety "buddy system."

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