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IFA’S LEGAL APPEAL OF SEATTLE’S FRANCHISE DISCRIMINATION CONTINUES WITH ORAL ARGUMENTS SEPT. 1

SEATTLE, Aug. 19, 2015 – The International Franchise Association’s legal fight against the discriminatory provisions of Seattle’s minimum wage law takes another important step forward, with oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 1 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. IFA and five Seattle franchisees in March appealed a U.S. District Court decision

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Minimum wage effect? January to June job losses for Seattle area restaurants (-1,300) largest since Great Recession

In June of last year, the Seattle city council passed a $15 minimum wage law to be phased in over time, with the first increase to $11 an hour starting on April 1, 2015. What effect will the eventual 58% increase in labor costs have on small businesses, including area restaurants? It’s too soon to

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Seattle Minimum Wage Law Confuses Franchises With Large Businesses

Ever since the $15 minimum wage proposal was narrowly approved by City of SeaTac voters, municipal leaders in neighboring Seattle have pushed to impose the same edict. Washington already has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour and the state legislature is considering hiking it to $12, but Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and

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Discriminatory Seattle Minimum Wage Survives First Challenge

Last week, Washington federal judge Richard A Jones denied the International Franchise Association’s request for a preliminary injunction which would have stalled the implementation of Seattle’s wage hike to the $15-per-hour minimum wage for that city as it applies to franchisees.  The schedule to implement the $15 minimum wage in Seattle is faster for large

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Question of The Day: Is The City Discriminating Against Restaurant Franchises?

Should fast food franchises like Subway and McDonalds, owned by individuals, be considered big business? Or are they really just a network of small businesses that should be treated as such by city law? That’s the question at the center of an injunction filed against the City of Seattle by the International Franchise Association (IFA)

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Businesses Seek to Block Portion of Seattle Minimum Wage Law

SEATTLE A federal judge is considering whether he should block part of Seattle’s new minimum wage law before it takes effect next month, on the grounds that it discriminates against franchises that are part of large national chains. The law, which raises the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, is phased in more quickly

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Franchises: Seattle’s Minimum Wage Discriminates

Seeking to temporarily halt part of Seattle’s minimum-wage law from taking effect next month, the International Franchise Association told a federal judge Tuesday that the law discriminates against local franchisees. The trade group and five local franchisees seek a preliminary injunction to suspend the portion of the law that includes franchisees with the big businesses

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Big Fast Food Seeks Injunction Against Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

A federal judge in Seattle heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the city’s $15 minimum wage on constitutional grounds. The International Franchise Association (IFA) — an industry group representing both small franchisees and powerful franchisers such as the McDonald’s Corp. — filed the lawsuit against the city last summer, arguing that the minimum wage law unfairly discriminates

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Why the International Franchise Association Is Suing Seattle

The franchise industry and the city of Seattle are ready to duke it out on the topic of minimum wage. On Tuesday, oral arguments began on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) preliminary injunction to block portions of Seattle’s minimum wage hike, passed last June. The offending portions put franchised companies on the fast-track to raising

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Minimum Wage Boost In Seattle Faces Legal Challenge From Franchise Lobby

Next month, the nation’s biggest minimum wage hike takes effect. But its impact could be dulled if the franchise lobby has its way in court. Under Seattle’s two-tiered, multi-year wage boost, small businesses will start paying at least $10 an hour by April 1, and $15 by 2021. Companies with more than 500 employees —

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