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Illinois Businesses - Be Aware of the New Illinois Freedom to Work Act

The Illinois Freedom to Work Act went into effect on January 1, 2017 (820 ILCS 90). The Act is said to have been passed in response to Jimmy John's requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements that restricted the employees from being employed at businesses located with 2 or 3 miles of Jimmy John's locations if the business obtained more than 10% of their revenue from the sale of menu items similar to the Jimmy John's menu items.

What are the Registration and Disclosure Requirements in Franchise Transfers?

Franchisors should not mistakenly assume that a sale of an existing franchise business by the franchise owner is not subject to the registration and disclosure requirements of the franchise laws. When a franchisee is selling its franchise business, is the franchisor obligated to provide the prospective buyer with its current Franchise Disclosure Document? If the franchise business is in a franchise registration state, does the franchisor have to be registered to offer and sell franchises in that state for the franchisee sale/transfer to take place?

FDA's Menu Labeling Rule Delayed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Menu Labeling Rule, which was set to go into effect on May 5, 2017, has been delayed. The Menu Labeling Rule called for businesses in the food service industry (e.g. restaurants, grocery and convenience stores) with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts on their menu boards. This would apply to most food service franchise systems. The Rule is now set to go into effect on May 7, 2018.

Disclosure Guidelines Under the New Multi-Unit Commentary - Subfranchisors Should Prepare for 2015

On September 16, 2014, the Franchise and Business Opportunity Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued a Multi-Unit Commentary to provide guidance in addressing certain disclosure requirements in 3 different types of multi-unit franchising structures. All of the state franchise regulators are members of NASAA so we can expect that the state franchise regulators will follow the guidelines addressed in the commentary in 2015. The effective date of this Commentary is 180 days after the date of adoption, or 120 days after the franchisor's next fiscal year end for Franchise Disclosure Documents already in existence.