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IFA goes to Supreme Court to fight against $15 minimum wage

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The International Franchise Association's (IFA) legal appeal against the provisions of Seattle's minimum wage law moves forward and goes to the Supreme Court.

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IFA is asking the United States Supreme Court to review the decision of the Ninth Circuit in the Seattle Case.

IFA and five Seattle franchisees sued Seattle in June 2014, seeking to block portions of the city's law to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The plaintiffs asked the court to enjoin the city from treating franchisees as large, national companies rather than the small, locally-owned businesses that they are.

The Employment Policies Institute issued a report last week showing that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will hurt franchise businesses disproportionately compared to non-franchise businesses.

The survey found that 64 percent of franchise businesses would likely reduce hours compared to 46 percent of non-franchise businesses.

More than half of those surveyed, 65 percent of franchise businesses, said would likely need to reduce staff in response to a $15 minimum wage.

A response is due from Seattle within 30 days and the Supreme Court is expected to announce in the spring whether it will agree to hear the case.


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