4 states push to strengthen franchisee rights

Legislators in Maine, California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have proposed bills that would strengthen the rights of franchisees, including giving operators the right to join franchisee associations, making it easier for them to renew franchise agreements at current terms and allowing operators to set their own prices and operating hours. "Franchisers and franchisees who are upholding the terms of their contracts will unfortunately be negatively affected, as will consumers, as these bills would effectively allow franchisees to avoid contractual requirements while still using the franchise brand," IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira said.

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