Sen. Albers’ “Protecting Small Businesses Act” Goes to Governor

On Friday, the Georgia State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 277, titled Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act. SB 277, sponsored by Sen. John Albers (R — Roswell) and carried through the House by Rep. Brad Raffensperger (R — Johns Creek), clarifies that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee be considered employees of the franchisor.

“Small businesses are vital to our states economic prosperity,” said Sen. Albers. “I am thrilled the ‘Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act’ has been passed by the House and I’m humbled to have played a role in such an important measure that will not only protect small businesses and their owners, but will also help Georgia maintain its ranking as the number one place to do business.”

The bill works to protect and support franchisees, which are small business owners, and gives them the power to maintain control of their business operations on a local level. This bill was supported by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, Georgia Childcare Association, Georgia Restaurant Association, Asian American Hotel Association and others. SB 277 will now go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.