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NLRB Reinstates Obama-Era Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision

The National Labor Relations Board last week unanimously vacated the Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. and Brandt Construction Co. decision, which overturned the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries Obama-era ruling that vastly expanded the definition of joint employer, determining that franchisors could be held liable with their franchisees on labor violations, even if the firms did not exert excessive control over franchisees' employment policies.

Franchisees Vow to Skip 7-Eleven’s Giant Convention, as Lawsuit Progresses

Presidents of 43 franchise owners associations, representing 7,000 franchised locations in the U.S., sent a strong message to 7-Eleven Inc. last November, vowing they will not attend the franchisor's giant convention and trade show in February, known as the 7-Eleven Experience, in protest of its harsh treatment of store owners.

IFA Files Joint Amicus with Franchisees to Again Fight against Joint-Employer

The International Franchise Association last week filed a joint amicus brief with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), and the Restaurant Law Center to combat the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, which claimed multiple entities should be held jointly responsible for the same employees.

AAFD Chairman on Key Protections that Should Be in a Franchise Contract

    AAFD chairman Bob Purvin working on the words of a fairer franchise contract
Purvin leads franchisees & their franchisor to craft a fairer contract

Robert Purvin, founder and chairman of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), spoke at length with this journal. Purvin is busy nowadays preparing the AAFD, a non-profit trade association that represents the rights and interests of franchisees, for a franchisee leadership summit from April 30 to May 3 in Palm Springs, California. The association will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Appeal to Hold Saladworks Liable for Franchisee’s Employee Workers’ Comp Claim Dismissed

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision on December 16, 2016 dismissing an appeal of a previous ruling. It ruled that franchisor Saladworks has no liability to its franchisee's employees for claims under workers' compensation laws.

Appeals Court Affirms Class Certification of Jani-King Franchisees-As-Employees Suit

In a lawsuit filed by two Jani-King franchisees, alleging they were wrongly classified as independent contractors instead of employees, an appeals court affirmed in September a ruling by the district court that the case could go forward as a class action against the world's largest commercial cleaning franchisor.

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 Cresanti Seeks to Build Bridges with Franchisee Associations

IFA Legal Symposium
Lawyers gather for the IFA's 2016 Legal Symposium in D.C. (photo/sniegowski)

WASHINGTON – Robert Cresanti, CEO and president of the 56-year-old International Franchise Association, invites franchisees and their independent associations to join with the IFA in battling what he deems to be government overregulation that detrimentally impacts the franchise business model.

400 McDonald’s Workers Granted Class Status in Labor Violation Suit

McDonald's worker serving a customer (photo/bmm)

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in California has granted class action certification for employees who worked at restaurants owned by a five-unit McDonald's franchisee, in a case alleging the company violated various labor laws.

McDonald’s NLRB Trial Canceled Due to Tech Glitches

NEW YORK - Administrative Law Judge Lauren Esposito in Manhattan adjourned the National Labor Relations Board trial Monday, in session to determine if McDonald's is a 'joint employer' with its franchisees and can be held liable for alleged labor violations in their restaurants.