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Ex-McDonald's Franchisee to Pay Back Wages, Penalties to 291 Workers

McDonald'sThe U.S. Deportment of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced Tuesday that a former multi-unit McDonald’s franchisee has agreed to pay 291 workers $206,000 in back pay.

Franchisee or Employee Debate Lives On

There is a long-standing academic debate regarding: independent contractor or employee? A newer debate is stirring: Franchisee or employee? And, while by their definition they seem distinct, state and federal agencies, as well courts around the United States, are weighing in on the issue to the detriment and confusion of franchisors and franchisees throughout the country.

Dominos Liable in Franchisee Sexual Harassment Case

EEOC Settlement
Victim of an EEOC Settlement, not Domino's.  photo: EEOC website

VENTURA COUNTY - California’s Second Appellate Division reversed a trial court decision last month ruling that Domino’s Pizza could be held liable for sexual harassment of a franchisee’s employee.

Supreme Court Approves Obamacare!

President Obama talks with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to learn of SCOTUS passing heatlh care law
President speaks with Solicitor General Verrilli on the phone to learn that SCOTUS upheld health care law, photo/White House

WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court this morning upheld the legality of the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Deja Vu: Jani-King Workers Are Not Franchisees

Jani-King janitorial services
Jani-King worker or franchisee? Courts rule  worker.

BOSTON – A district judge once again has issued an order stating that Jani-King International and other entities misclassified its janitorial workers in Massachusetts by labeling them as franchisees.

DC Court Enjoins Enforcement of NLRB Notice Posting Rule

On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an injunction preventing the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") from enforcing its employee notice posting rule, which had been scheduled to become enforceable on April 30, 2012

Dept of Labor Signals Focus on Franchisee FLSA Violations

A recent Huddle House investigation may have implications for all franchisees.

California To Decide Employee Break Case

A major ruling will affect California employers.

The state's high court will hear oral arguments on November 8 in the Brinker Restaurant case.

NLRB Delays Requiring Employers to Post Rights to Unionize

Franchisees and other employers get a short extension of time before they have to comply with the controversial new rule.

H&R Block Franchisee Wins Noncompete

A room is lit up at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
A lit Holiday Inn Express room below signage at Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Creative legal thinking didn't impress the Kentucky Court of Appeals.