IFA Leads Effort to Keep FTC Franchise Rule

IFA FTC Franchise Rule

The International Franchise Association and 16 Business Groups Urge Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to Preserve the Franchise Rule

The International Franchise Association (IFA) yesterday led 16 business groups in encouraging members of Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to retain the FTC’s Franchise Rule, which is reviewed every 10 years. The FTC Franchise Rule, the primary federal regulation for the U.S. franchise industry, requires franchisors to supply potential franchisees with essential information that helps them decide whether to buy a particular franchise. 

In letters to House and Senate commerce committees, the business groups asserted that “the rule affords current and prospective franchise owners information they need to weigh the risks and benefits of a business investment. … This has led to successfully creating pathways to entrepreneurship for business owners of all backgrounds and enabled these owners to create wealth in communities across the nation. The Franchise Rule was last updated more than a decade ago following a consensus-based process that delivered clear guidelines for franchisors to follow and transparent information for prospective franchise owners before making an investment.”

During the economic recovery, there has never been a better time for entrepreneurs and workers to be in franchising.

Michael Layman, IFA

IFA Emphasizes Opportunities of Franchising

Michael Layman, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs for the IFA, underscored the current importance of the FTC Franchise Rule. “During the economic recovery, there has never been a better time for entrepreneurs and workers to be in franchising. The franchise sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy, franchisee satisfaction has never been higher, and franchise workers enjoy greater advancement opportunities and higher wages than non-franchise small business workers.” 

His reference to advantages for franchise-industry workers is backed up by Oxford Economics, a company that performs global economic forecasting and econometric analysis. Oxford Economics’ recent research determined that franchised businesses provide wages as much as 3.4% higher and better benefits than their non-franchised counterparts.

Layman continued that because of the opportunities that arise through franchising, “we urge Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to work together to preserve the Franchise Rule that has helped to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs and workers of all backgrounds.”

Franchise Rule Supporters 

Joining the IFA in pushing Congress and the FTC to preserve the Franchise Rule were the American Hotel & Lodging Association, American Staffing Association, Home Care Association of America, International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association, International Sign Association, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Association of Realtors, National Association of Women Business Owners, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, U.S. Black Chambers Inc., U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Workplace Policy Institute. 

The IFA is a trade group focused on government lobbying and public relations efforts for the franchise industry. 

You can read the full letters to the House and Senate here.

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Mary Vinnedge is an award-winning journalist who has served as editor in chief, managing editor and senior editor at national and regional publications, including SUCCESS and Design NJ magazines. She also held reporting and editing roles at The Dallas Morning News and Charlotte Observer newspapers.

Before Mary began covering franchise news and trends as a staff writer for FranchiseWire and Franchise Consultant Magazine, she developed articles on topics ranging from lifestyle, education, health and science to home projects, horticulture, gardening, interior design and architecture. These articles included her reporting on academic news at her alma mater, Texas A&M University, when Mary worked in the marketing department of the Texas A&M Foundation. She continues to be a news junkie and subscribes to several publications.

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