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Adventures in Joint Employment: the Browning-Ferris Saga Continues with an Appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Last week, Browning-Ferris Industries, the California-based waste management company, appealed two decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board related to the definition of joint employer. Its appeal to the U.S....more

U.S. Department of Labor Expansively Defines Joint Employment Under FLSA

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD) issued another Administrator’s Interpretation (the AI or “Guidance”) that it hopes will have a far-ranging impact on how employers do business...more

U.S. Lifts Some Iran Sanctions, But Robust Restrictions Remain

U.S. trade relations with Iran took a significant turn on Saturday, January 16, 2016, with the dawning of Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA"), in furtherance of which the U.S. took, or is...more

[Webinar] Franchise Disclosure Compliance: The Nuts & Bolts - United States - January 19, 3:00pm EST

Please join us for Franchise Disclosure Compliance: The Nuts & Bolts a webinar highlighting many of the “must do” or “must consider” matters for compliance with franchise disclosure legislation in U.S. ...more

[Webinar] Franchise Disclosure Compliance: The Nuts & Bolts - Canada - January 19, 1:00PM EST

Please join us for Franchise Disclosure Compliance: The Nuts & Bolts a webinar highlighting many of the “must do” or “must consider” matters for compliance with franchise disclosure legislation in Canada. ...more

California’s Latest Attack on Franchise Industry Goes Into Effect

A new California law (AB 525, effective January 1, 2016) makes it harder for franchisors to terminate defaulting franchisees, requires franchisors to buyout franchisees in some cases, and adds new burdens for evaluating...more

FRANCHISOR 101: 10 Ways Franchisors Can Reduce Vicarious Liability Risks

The U.S. Department of Labor says McDonald's is liable for actions of franchisees. In the last three months a California federal court said McDonald's could be liable for a franchisee's alleged failure to pay overtime and...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Pay Attention to Contractual Statutes of Limitation

Many franchise agreements include a contractual limitation period or time limit when parties can bring a claim for relief. Though the franchise agreement is often written by and for the franchisor, these limitations can help...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2015 #4

Last week was a big one for the EEOC. Among other things, the agency initiated a lawsuit against McDonald’s Corporate and a Missouri franchisee because the franchisee refused to provide a deaf applicant a sign language...more

Franchise POST: The Reformation of Financial Performance Representations; Has the Time Arrived?

Financial Performance Representations (“FPR’s), or earnings claims, have been an integral part of franchise sales process well before the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) began its supervision of the franchise model. The...more

Doing Business in Canada

Forms of Business Organization in Canada - Canadian business laws are well developed. Several different types of business structures are available in Canada. Each features unique advantages and disadvantages. ...more

The Marriott-Starwood merger – Is bigger really better? Impact of the merger on hotel owners, franchisees and developers

The proposed merger between Marriott and Starwood will, by all accounts, create a behemoth in the hotel industry. If the merger goes through as planned, the combined company will be the world’s largest hotel company, with...more

New Law Requires Franchisors to Revise Agreement Forms Used in Australia

Australia recently enacted legislation that will extend an existing regime restricting “unfair contract terms” in consumer contracts to standard form small business contracts, which will include most franchise agreements and...more

A Wake Up Call To Franchisors: The Big Mac Attack

In the wake of recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concerning unfair labor practice charges against McDonald’s franchisees and franchisor McDonald’s, USA, LLC, coined by some as the “Big Mac Attack”,...more

Franchisors Operating in California Face New Challenges: The New California Franchise Relations Act

On January 1, 2016, the California Franchise Relations Act (“CFRA”) will be amended resulting in the expansion of franchisee rights when it comes to termination, renewal, and transfer of franchise agreements. The key terms of...more

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

Franchises Act soon to become law in British Columbia: key provisions for franchisors

British Columbia’s legislature has completed the third reading of Bill 38-2015, the BC Franchises Act. Its quick movement – the bill was introduced to the legislature on October 5 - is the culmination of work that began...more

Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter

We are pleased to share the first edition of our Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter with you. This Newsletter addresses important recent legal developments affecting the hospitality and restaurant industry and...more

NLRB Discusses Joint Employment for the First Time Since Browning-Ferris

The National Labor Relations Board, in one of its first applications of the Browning-Ferris decision, gave hope to non-union contracting entities engaged in franchising and subcontracting relationships. After an extensive...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Catch-all Disclaimers No Substitute for Untrained Salespeople

How strong are "non-reliance disclaimers" or "integration" or "merger" provisions in franchise agreements at protecting a franchisor when it really matters? Only so much, a New York court recently decided....more

FRANCHISEE 101: "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right"

At one time or another, many people have occasion to be renters who feel mistreated by a landlord. This may be due to delays in repairs, responses, or just turning on the heat. A typical reaction is the temptation to...more

Second Circuit Upholds New York Ban on Credit Card Surcharges

Why it matters - New York’s ban on credit card sales transactions surcharges was upheld by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a federal court judge’s 2013 ruling striking down the law and joining the majority...more

Federal Labor Officials Step Into the Lion’s Den

Two top federal labor officials engaged in a spirited dialog with two franchise lawyer moderators at the American Bar Association’s annual Forum on Franchising in New Orleans on October 16.  The topic: whether the National...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 2015

RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Subway Settles Footlong Complaints - In re: Subway Footlong Sandwich Mark’g & Sales Practices Litig., No. 3:13-md-2439 (E.D. Wis.): The Court granted preliminary approval to a nationwide...more

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