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Franchisor McDonald’s to Settle with Franchisee’s 800 Workers in Wage-Theft Lawsuit, Paying $3.75M

McDonald's workersPresumably for the first time, McDonald's Corporation has agreed to settle claims that it was liable for labor law violations by a franchisee because it was a "joint employer" of the workers at five franchised restaurants in California.

IFA CEO Invites More Franchisee Involvement

CEO Robert Cresanti listens to panel discussing POS security breaches at the IFA's Legal Symposium in May 2016
Cresanti listens to a Legal Symposium panel of experts (photo/bmm)

WASHINGTON – Robert Cresanti, the newest CEO and president of the 56-year-old International Franchise Association, speaks about franchisee interests, his recruitment into the IFA and his background.

Franchisee Attorney Robert Zarco on Buying a Franchise

Robert Zarco, senior partner of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, a Miami-based law firm that represents U.S. and international franchisees, speaks about the power that a franchisee gives over to a franchisor when he or she signs a franchise contract.

Zarco: NLRB Ruling Is Good for Franchisees

Robert Zarco
Franchisee attorney Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski Brito, P.A.

LAS VEGAS—Franchise owners have surely heard all the talk about the end of franchising as we know it. The National Labor Relations Board's controversial joint-employer decision has triggered a backlash in the franchising world, with the labor board ruling that a big recycling company is responsible for the employees of a staffing firm it hired.

The NLRB Decision Will Not Destroy Franchising As We Know It!

I was never a believer that a National Labor Relations Board ruling on McDonald’s being a “joint-employer" would end franchising as Steve Caldeira, CEO and president of the International Franchise Association, has maintained. It would simply be a wake-up call for franchisors to review for over controlling policies and procedures when it comes to instructing franchisees and their employees.

David Weil Isn't Winning, Franchisors Are Losing

The franchise industry is on the verge of losing a battle regarding employer liability, as old arguments fail to address new opponents.

NLRB Declares Franchisor Freshii Not a Joint Employer

On April 28, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), Office of the General Counsel, issued an Advice Memorandum to the NLRB’s Chicago area regional office finding that a restaurant franchisor and its Chicago area development agent are not joint employers with a Chicago franchisee.

Zees Face Their Own Problems as McD Workers Press for Higher Minimum Pay

McDonald's Now Hiring. Photo by Blue MauMauWith demonstrations for higher worker wages heating up Wednesday at quick service restaurants across America and the world, attention is falling on the squeezed profit margins and weakened independence of McDonald's franchisees.

NLRB Decision Good for Franchising; Change Creates Opportunity to Collaborate

The International Franchise Association and large franchise systems are claiming that the National Labor Relations Board decision will change the franchise model. That could be very true.

NLRB Launches New Focus on Employee Handbook Provisions

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has taken an aggressive “bigfoot” approach against many commonly utilized employee handbook policies.  The NLRB’s justification for filing complaints against employers was that overbroad language in employee handbooks purportedly violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).