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It’s an unsettling time for franchisors. The NLRB’s new “indirect control” standard for finding a joint employer relationship (discussed here) is ambiguous and leaves many franchisors confused about how to protect their brand without becoming a joint employer with their … Continue reading
Recent amendments to the California Franchise Relations Act (CFRA) drastically shift the balance of power between franchisees and franchisors. The amendments to the CFRA greatly expand franchisee protections in the event of termination, nonrenewal, and transfer. The amendments take effect January … Continue reading
On April 28, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an advisory opinion to the NLRB Chicago Region regarding joint employment. The NLRB concluded that neither Freshii Development, L.L.C. (“Freshii”), a fast-casual restaurant franchisor with over 100 franchised locations, … Continue reading