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IFA Honors Charitable Efforts Through Franchising Gives Back


A final toast to the 2018 Franchising Gives Back award winners September 4.

“Giving awards for community service is one of the greatest things we can do,” Doc Cohen said from the stage during the 2018 Franchising Gives Back awards dinner Tuesday night, September 4. The former chairman of the International Franchise Association’s Education and Research Foundation Board had just finished sharing some big numbers: $245 million and more than 2 million hours. That’s the amount, in dollars and time, IFA members and volunteers have donated to hundreds of community organizations and charitable groups.

Franchising Gives Back began as an annual day of service at the start of the IFA’s annual convention and took award form in 2014 through a partnership with founding sponsor Roark Capital. Franchise Times, the program’s media sponsor, profiles the five gold award and five silver award winners HERE, and several honorable mention winners were announced from the stage.

Enduring Impact honorable mentions: UPS Store, Toys for Tots Literacy Program; Mosquito Squad, Malaria No More.

Support Our Veterans honorable mention: Postal Connection and iSoldit, Operation Paperback.

Innovation and Impact honorable mentions: Port City Java, Feed the Children; Sylvan Learning, Sylvan Cares; Fastsigns International, Fastsigns Care.

Newcomer honorable mention: We Sell Restaurants Charitable Fund

Spirit of Franchising honorable mention: RNR Tire Express, Annual Mother’s Day Care Giveaway; Fairfield by Marriott, Habitat for Humanity.

The IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting kicks off today at the JW Marriott in D.C. and continues Thursday, September 6, when members of the franchise industry will meet with their representatives in Congress to discuss several issues including joint employer rulemaking, tax reform and brand trademark protection.

On the brand trademark issue, the IFA announced new legislation, the Trademark Licensing Protection Act (H.R.6695), introduced September 4 by Congressmen Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

Under the act, “‘brand controls’ will not constitute or be evidence of ‘joint employer status in federal or state employment litigation,” reads an email to members from IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. 

“For example, plaintiffs’ attorneys have long argued that franchisors are joint employers with their franchisees because franchising systems exercise ‘brand controls’ to protect the value of the brand’s trademark in the public,” Cresanti continues. “Brand controls include things like branded uniforms, food and cleanliness standards, and other standards to ensure the brand is uniform and consistent to the public. Under the Trademark Licensing Protection Act, litigants will no longer be able to use these brand standards against employers in joint employment litigation.”

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