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Los contratos gubernamentales promueven cada vez más los objetivos relacionados con las políticas laborales

El año pasado, el gobierno federal implementó varias normas que exigen que sus contratistas cumplan con ciertos requisitos de trabajo justo. Por ejemplo, una norma federal finalizada en el mes de septiembre exige que los...more

SBA's New Rule Offers Some Welcome Changes for the Franchise Community

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key player in franchise development, providing loan guarantees for franchisee start-ups. As a condition for providing these guarantees, the SBA historically required a...more

A Family Victory! Victory! Just Not for Little Caesars

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) modified its treatment of the “family of trademarks” doctrine in the recent case In re LC Trademarks, Inc., Serial No. 85890412...more

Ostensible Agency, Hold the Class Certification: Would You Like Franchise With That?

It’s a common business model in the fast-food industry: a massive restaurant company provides the menu, the marketing—including catchy slogans and a universally recognized logo—and the basic operational standards for the...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 4 | Winter 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued making life more difficult for employers in 2016. The agency issued a host of decisions that significantly expand the number and type of individuals that unions can seek to...more

New Year brings new SBA financing rules

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a supportive, albeit imperfect, partner in helping franchisees obtain financing and thus helping franchise systems grow. Among other things, the SBA guarantees a significant...more

Drafting Franchise Agreements After Patterson v. Domino’s : Avoiding the Minefield of Vicarious Liability and Joint Employment

Lauded as one of the most important franchise cases in the recent past, Patterson v. Domino’s established a new standard for addressing vicarious liability issues in California. In reaching its decision that Domino’s was not...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Allows Negligent Hiring Claim Despite Admission that Employee Acted Within Scope of Employment

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently determined that a negligent hiring claim against Pizza Hut can continue to move through the trial court after finding that the trial court erred when it granted summary judgment in favor...more

BREWBOUND SESSION SAN DIEGO 2016 [Video]

Alva C. Mather, a partner in and chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Alcoholic Beverage Industry Practice Group and co-chair of the Food and Beverage Industry Practice Group, spoke at this year’s Brewbound Session in San Diego — the...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Locked In to One Approved Vendor

Franchisors often require franchisees to purchase supplies, materials, or inventory only from suppliers the franchisor approved. But where franchisors see benefits of consolidating by requiring franchisees to participate in...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Are Franchisees Your Employees?

Prudent franchisors have been reducing their apparent control over franchisees' employees to reduce the risk of becoming joint employers of those employees. But could a franchisor's control over the franchisees themselves be...more

The New SBA Addendum

Effective January 1, 2017, any franchisor that wants to offer SBA guaranteed financing for its franchisees will use a single, two-page form addendum. In a notice issued just before Thanksgiving, the SBA announced that it...more

Illinois Biometric Privacy Suit over Collection of Fingerprints Settled

Earlier this month, an Illinois state court approved a $1.5 million settlement in a class action against L.A. Tan Enterprises, Inc., operator (directly and through franchisees) of L.A. Tan tanning salons. The settlement...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DIs Related to Foreign Issuers

On December 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”) released several new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) clarifying the definition of...more

Don’t Read This: 2016 Workplace Law Year In Review

Reverse psychology isn’t the only explanation for the title of this article (although, if you’ve made it this far, it seems to have worked). No, another explanation is that 2016 was a very rough year for employers when it...more

Health-chising: Starting-up a Health Care Franchise

In recent years, health care franchises have grown at a rapid pace. Yet, it is worth noting that franchising is not a new concept to the health care industry. Health care franchise systems have been around for decades and...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our news update for last month highlights the fact that IC misclassification lawsuits are happening across the country and in virtually every industry, both in the on-demand economy and in more traditional business sectors....more

Republican Congressmen Continues Information Demand on OSHA Joint-Employer Standard

Congressional leaders again have pressed the Department of Labor for information on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s potential guidance to OSHA investigators on determining if there is a joint-employer...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

A Fresh Take on the Horizontal Joint Employment Theory: Conditional Certification for Subway Employees Denied

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal court denies motion for conditional certification for a proposed class of employees working at separate Subway franchises. Earlier this year, the DOL’s Wage-Hour Division issued a...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Recent “Franchisor as Joint Employer” Developments

In the last month, McDonald's settled a class action with employees of a franchisee, and a new President of the United States was elected. These two events have something in common with regard to franchising: they are...more

Court Grants Default Judgment Confirming Arbitration Award, With A Lesson On Jurisdiction

Choice Hotels filed an application to confirm an arbitration award of over $247,000 for the alleged breach of a franchise agreement by two defendants, which failed to timely commence construction of a hotel. The defendants...more

Catch-22 for Franchisors: The Joint Employment Dilemma

As government agencies steadily expand the concept of joint employment, franchisors increasingly find themselves in a difficult position. Since August 2015, when the NLRB ruled in Browning-Ferris that entities with the...more

Your Own Agreements Can Be Your Worst Enemy in IC Misclassification Cases

Companies that use independent contractors (ICs) typically require ICs to sign a contractor agreement prepared by the company. But, if it is drafted like the one reviewed in late September by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Franchising Update

Franchising has undergone several significant changes in the last quarter. Firstly, the introduction of the Unfair Terms Legislation will no doubt impact the documentation used by franchisors. Secondly, franchisors operating...more

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