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10 Fastest Franchising Chains that Made It through the Recession (with Baggage)

During the recession, Dunkin' became known for spying on its franchisees

In a who's who list of what this journal considers as some of the most abusive franchise systems over the past few years, Forbes lists the top franchise chains that have sold the most opened franchise units through the Great Recession. It throws in a few strong franchisors to help wash the soiled ones.

IFA Applauds Georgia Saying Franchisees Can’t Be Employees

If you sign a franchise agreement you can't be an employee says new bill

ATLANTA —The Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that codifies that someone who has signed a franchise contract cannot be an employee.

Coverall Doomed in Disguising Workers as Owners

Coverall truck in Kentucky
A Coverall truck at an office building in Kentucky

BOSTON – After five years of litigation, Coverall North America Inc., one of the world’s largest janitorial cleaning franchisors, will now learn its fate for misclassifying its workers as franchisees instead of employees.

Franchisor Hit Hard for Pretending Employees Are Franchisees

Pius Awuah, an employee of Coverall who was told that if he paid a franchise fee he was a franchisee
Coverall told Pius Awuah he was a franchisee but courts ruled he was an employee.

BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court smacked Coverall janitorial franchise system with a huge bill for labeling its employees as franchisees.

Franchisees Win with Massachusetts Lawmakers

Past franchisee Jane Keegan testifies before Massachusetts' Committee on Community and Small Business that an unscrupulous franchisor took her retirement savings
Janet Keegan testifies a franchisor took her retirement and left her bankrupt

BOSTON — Franchisees and a few franchisor advocates gathered on June 29 to be heard at the Massachusetts’ Committee on Community and Small Businesses. In a filled room, franchisees plead with state senators and representatives to provide fundamental protection from wayward franchisors.

Coverall Not Over on Employee Status

BOSTON – Just when franchisors thought it was safe to assume that franchisees cannot claim to be employees rather than independent contractors, attorney Gregg A. Rubenstein of law firm Nixon Peabody says not so fast. 

Coverall Ruling Sends Shiver through Franchising

BOSTON — In a webinar presentation this week entitled The Awuah Case: Bellwether or Outlier?  Nixon Peabody attorneys addressed concerns related to a disturbing

In Search of Commercial Cleaning Work, but at What Cost?

Coverall ad for franchise buyers, source/company website