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Texas Bill Protects Franchisors From Joint Employment Liability

Texas legislators recently passed S.B. 652, which seeks to protect franchisors from employment liability for the actions of franchisees. Enacted in June 2015, S.B. 652 amends the Texas Labor Code to specify that a franchisor...more

New York Singles Out “Fast Food” Industry for Minimum Wage of $15.00

On July 27, 2015, the New York Fast Food Wage Board (“FFWB”) formally approved resolutions to increase the minimum wage for workers in quick-service and fast-casual restaurants in New York City and the rest of New York to...more

New Texas Law: Is it Enough to Ease Concern Over Franchise Liability for Employment-Related Claims?

In response to concerns of franchisors that recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) actions threaten to undermine the common understanding of a franchisor-franchisee relationship, the Texas Labor Code was amended by the...more

Restaurant Industry Alert: Wage Board Proposal - Fast Food Workers' Minimum Wage May Rise to $15 in New York City by 2018

On July 22, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) Wage Board voted to recommend a 171 percent increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City (NYC), from the current hourly rate of $8.75...more

Wage Board Recommends an Increase in the Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers to $15.00 Per Hour

On July 22, 2015, the Fast Food Wage Board (which was empaneled at the direction of Governor Cuomo to investigate and make recommendations regarding an increase in the minimum wage for employees in the fast food industry)...more

Subway Franchise in Albany Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment of Teen Job Applicants

Restaurant Manager Sent Sexually Offensive Texts Demanding Sex for Jobs, Federal Agency Charged - ALBANY, N.Y. - Draper Development, LLC, doing business as Subway, which operates at least 24 Subway restaurants in the...more

New York Bill Follows California’s Lead to Recognize Professional Cheerleaders as Employees

It’s official—professional cheerleaders are now recognized as employees under California law. On July 15, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all California-based professional sports teams to pay...more

Spotlight on Manufacturers: Tennessee's 2015 Tax and Related Legislation

Manufacturing is a primary driver of our economic growth. As such, those businesses involved with fabricating, processing, converting and producing goods in today's marketplace must be ever-vigilant regarding new laws that...more

Do You Know Who Your Employees Are?

Employers are beginning to learn that they may have far more employees than they think. A driver for the ride sharing company Uber was considered an “employee” by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office earlier this month....more

DOL Wage and Hour Division to "Clarify" FLSA Independent Contractor Definition

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division expanded its already busy agenda, announcing upcoming guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act’s definition of “independent contractor.” WHD Administrator David Weil, speaking at New York...more

Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

McDonald's Mandatory Use of Payroll Cards Violates Pennsylvania's Wage Payment and Collection Law

Over 2,300 current and former employees of 16 McDonald’s franchisee locations in Pennsylvania claim that requiring the use of payroll debit cards to get paid violates the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL),...more

NLRB Weighs-In on Franchise Joint Employers

In late April, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) General Counsel’s office issued an Advice Memorandum (“Advice Memo”) (No. 177-1650-0100, available here) addressing whether a franchisor (Freshii...more

May 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

May 2015 was one of the busiest months for independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases in the courts and administrative agencies – no less than a dozen cases including such well-known companies as BMW, the NFL and...more

The Evolving Definition of Joint Employers

The National Labor Relations Board and various union-backed organizations are ratcheting up efforts aimed at changing the landscape of who qualifies as a joint employer. Right now, these aggressive efforts are most pronounced...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Freshii Not Joint Employer

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") recently published a memo finding that Canadian fast-casual restaurant franchisor Freshii is not a joint employer of its franchisee's employees. The ruling concerns unfair labor...more

California Legislative Update

The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

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

NLRB Chairman Pearce and GC Griffin Face Grilling by Senate Appropriations Committee

During a May 14 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to discuss the National Labor Relations Board's FY 2016 budget, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce and General Counsel (GC) Richard Griffin indicated the Board has no plans to...more

Aching Joints: Franchisor Avoids Liability for Franchisee's Labor Disputes

Any time an employer is involved in a franchise relationship, there are bound to be unique issues when legal disputes arise, particularly in the employment context. It is no longer surprising to see the names of any and all...more

Why Locate Your Business in New York?

New York is a great place to live and do business. The state is running an active marketing campaign to let the world know and to attract new business to the state....more

Joint Employer Status for Franchisors Sees Some Reprieve, but not Enough yet for Celebration

We noted last year that, at the behest of its General Counsel Richard Griffin, the National Labor Relations Board was looking to recast the joint employer test under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) within the...more

Game-Changing Developments Threaten Franchise Business Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been coordinating attacks on the franchise business model. These activities were a primary focus for all attendees at the May...more

New NLRB Advice Memorandum Offers Glimmer of Hope to Franchisors

On April 28, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an advice memorandum addressing when franchisors can be considered “joint employers” with their franchisees for purposes of the National Labor Relations Act...more

Proxy Access – Week of May 10 – The Trend is Clear

During the week of May 10, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed 11 shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and one failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the company...more

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