Rochelle Spandorf

Rochelle Spandorf

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Joint Employer Guidance

On January 20, 2016, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an “Administrator’s Interpretation” and related FAQs articulating the DOL’s new analytical framework for the existing joint...more

1/22/2016 - DOL Joint Employers New Guidance NLRB Wage and Hour

The New California Franchise Relations Act: A Game Changer for Franchisors Operating in California

California will notch another franchise regulatory distinction come January 1, 2016: home to the toughest franchisee-protection law in the nation. On October 11, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill amending the...more

10/29/2015 - Compliance Contract Renewal Fair Market Value Franchise Agreements Franchisee Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers NLRB SEIU Termination Clauses Wrongful Termination

Five Tips To Launching A Franchise Program Successfully

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve spent years building your business, developing a loyal following, and honing your operations into a replicable format. You own two, three or maybe ten different locations, all profitable, and...more

10/1/2014 - Franchise Agreements Franchise Disclosure Document Franchises

Twelve Tips for Franchisors to Reduce Joint Employer Risks Under Today's Legal Standards

Franchise agreement recitals declaring your franchisee to be an independent contractor, not an employee, are not dispositive! Until now, the spotlight has never shined so brightly on franchising and, specifically, on...more

9/25/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers Popular Vicarious Liability

NLRB Will Charge McDonald’s as “Joint Employer” For Franchisee Labor Violations

In a move with far-reaching ramifications for all businesses that license their brands to independent contractors including franchisees, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced on July 29, 2014 that it has...more

8/6/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Fast-Food Industry Franchises Franchisors Independent Contractors Joint Employers McDonalds NLRB Popular Staffing Agencies Temporary Employees Unfair Labor Practices Vicarious Liability Wage and Hour

How to Help Your Franchisees Find Financing

The good news for franchising is the economy is coming back. Hit hard by the 2008 economic recession, franchise indices show an uptick in new franchise concepts and pent up demand for franchises among buyers....more

8/2/2013 - Business Development Economic Development Financing Franchises SBA

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