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National Labor Board Reverses Joint Employment Decision in Browning-Ferris

The International Franchise Association received an early Christmas present last Thursday when the National Labor Relations Board overruled its 2015 Obama-era decision by a 3-2 vote in the closely watched Browning-Ferris Industries case concerning the controversial topic of "joint employment."

Court Decision Halts President Obama’s Overtime Rule Change

Pres. Obama signs Overtime Rule Change in 2014 (Photo: DOL website)

Franchise and retail communities were bracing for the Department of Labor's new overtime rule, set to go into effect December 1. After a court decision, they have now breathed a sigh of relief. A district judge in Texas approved a preliminary injunction on November 22 that halted the rule change, one that would double the current salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay for employees who work more than 40 hours a week.

Judge’s Surprise Injunction Stalls New Overtime Rules for Employers

Many employers and franchise owners weren’t looking forward to December 1st when new labor laws were set to take place that would dramatically increase the amount of employees elig

Rhea Lana Allowed to Challenge DOL’s Action that Its ‘Volunteers’ Are Employees

WASHINGTON – After a three-year legal battle with the Department of Labor, Rhea Lana Inc., a consignment store franchise, has received a favorable ruling from an appeals court allowing the franchisor to challenge the DOL's finding that the company's "volunteers" are employees who must be paid for their work.

Franchises that Cook the Books Can Lead to Pricey Lawsuits

There has been much bad press recently in the food and restaurant industry about workers striking over pay and attorney generals launching investigations into wage theft.

Hospitality Industry Employers Pay for Tip Violations

On September 14, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a $1.8 million jury verdict for 55 waiters at a Chili’s Grill and Bar.  The waiters alleged they were compelled by their employer to participate in an illegal tip pooling arrangement.

CFA Urges Franchisees to Oppose Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON – The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is urging its members to contact their senators to oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act, S. 182. The bill was introduced to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.