The new year brings many changes to the franchising industry, and 2016 is off to an exciting start! This week in franchising has been full of speculation on new government regulations and heart-warming stories of franchisees giving back to their communities. Take a look at some of the top stories in the franchising industry this week.
International Franchise Association appeals Seattle wage law to the US Supreme Court
The IFA filed a lawsuit against Seattle in 2014 to block a provision in the minimum-wage law that requires enterprises with more than 500 employees to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour faster than smaller companies. The group argues that this treats franchise owners the same as national companies rather than small, locally owned businesses. The group lost the federal appeal last fall and this week has asked the Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court will decide by spring if it wants to hear the case.
Fantastic Sams franchise supports female veterans
Fantastic Sams Hair Salons is continuing their partnership with Operation Reinvent to help female US military veterans transition to civilian jobs. In September 2015, Fantastic Sams and Operation Reinvent gave more than 40 veterans at Fort Campbell a full make-over, and they continued through January to raise almost $10,000 in fundraising. As Operation Reinvent holds workshops at military installations across the country, more Fantastic Sams teams will be able to join them in giving back to their community in the coming year.
2016 projected to be another big year for franchises
According to the Franchise Business Outlook: 2016, franchise small businesses will grow at rates that exceed non-franchise business growth for the sixth year in a row. Franchise businesses provide new jobs for working families and new opportunities for first-time business owners across all sectors. The outlook predicted that franchises will add 278,000 direct jobs to the economy. Despite potential setbacks from new government regulations, franchises remain resilient.