Eric Wulff

Eric Wulff

DLA Piper

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FranCast Series: What does the new joint employer standard mean for franchising? Messrs. Griffin and Weil speak

In our last FranCast on this evolving topic, we surmised that the NLRB would not likely seek to impose joint employer status on conventionally structured franchise systems, despite the Browning Ferris decision and the highly...more

11/16/2015 - DOL Employer Liability Issues Franchises Joint Employers NLRB

Beyond the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris joint employer decision: what does it mean for franchising?

The new, expanded concept of “joint employer” is inexorably taking hold. Proponents of this new outlook are striving to apply it to franchising - part of a broader initiative to overcome the so-called “fissured employment”...more

9/11/2015 - Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. Collective Bargaining Employer Liability Issues Franchisee Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers McDonalds NLRB OSHA Right to Control Staffing Agencies Temporary Employees Title VII Unfair Labor Practices Wage and Hour

A ray of light? NLRB opines franchisor is NOT a joint employer

In an opinion that caught close observers by surprise – particularly given the contemporaneous statements from the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel at a Senate hearing on May 14 – the NLRB’s Division of Advice...more

5/28/2015 - Franchise Agreements Franchisors Joint Employers NLRB

For whom the bell tolls: the changing joint employer standard and what it means for your business

The joint employer standard is changing rapidly, and businesses – among them franchisors and investors – need to be aware of the emerging landscape to protect their brands and their bottom lines. The most important...more

1/6/2015 - AutoZone Class Action DOL Franchise Agreements Franchises Joint Employers McDonalds NLRB Punitive Damages Successor Liability Supply Chain

Joint employer law: is the NLRB edging closer to the abyss? Takeaways from the Bloomberg webinar

Last week, Bloomberg BNA presented a webinar titled “The Current State of Joint Employer Law: How Can Both Employers and Unions prepare for the Future?” The three presenters were Barry Kearney, National Labor Relations...more

10/27/2014 - CNN Employer Liability Issues Franchises Joint Employers McDonalds NLRB Webinar

Franchising In India: Key Considerations For Franchisors Seeking To Grow Their Brands

India recently staged the largest free democratic election in world history, bringing to power the National Democratic Alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Par ty, and with it a fresh sense of optimism about India’s economic...more

8/26/2014 - Franchise Agreements Franchises Franchisors India Popular

Employment Fissuring in Franchising: NLRB pursues McDonald's

On July 29, the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that, absent settlement, he has directed the issuance of complaints in 43 unfair labor practice (ULP) cases, alleging that McDonald’s...more

8/4/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Joint Employers McDonalds NLRA NLRB Unfair Labor Practices

States propose revising the "relationship" between franchisors and franchisees

In the '90s, we witnessed efforts by franchisee rights advocates to introduce federal franchise legislation to protect franchisee interests in their relationships with franchisors. In connection with the FTC reviewing and...more

11/15/2013 - Franchise Agreements Franchises Franchisors FTC Small Business

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