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FRANCHISEE 101: Special Delivery

by Lewitt Hackman on

For a relationship to meet the legal definition of a "franchise" in some jurisdictions, the franchisor must give significant assistance to, or have significant control over, the franchisee's business. A franchisor's...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Not Your Neighborhood Tesla Dealer

by Lewitt Hackman on

Among the many differences between Tesla and traditional automakers, Tesla does not sell or service its electric cars through franchised dealers; it sells direct to consumers. Recent legal challenges to Tesla's...more

Black Car Drivers in New York City Held Independent Contractors By Federal Court of Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While Uber has dominated the headlines when it comes to whether drivers on their on-demand, ride-sharing platforms are independent contractors or employees, similar battles are being waged elsewhere in the car service...more

Open access rail operators: change ahead?

by Dentons on

Open access still has a low market share - ORR has calculated that open access operators run just 1% of passenger rail miles in the United Kingdom, the rest being worked under passenger rail franchises. No open access...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

CMA encourages increased competition in Britain’s rail sector

by Bryan Cave on

On 8 March 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published a policy document recommending that the government overhaul the currently franchised rail system. 99% of Britain’s trains presently run under...more

New DOL Joint Employment Standards Affect Auto Employers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Joint employer relationships are commonplace in the automotive industry. From auto makers that contract with other companies for parts to auto dealers that utilize franchise arrangements, the auto industry is reliant on joint...more

The Competition and Markets Authority's consultation on "Competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain" - On 17 July...

by Dentons on

On 17 July 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its consultation document regarding competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain. This followed its announcement in January that it intended to...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2015 Tax and Related Legislation

by Baker Donelson on

The 2015 Legislative Session, 109th General Assembly, considered a large number of tax and related initiatives. Many of these initiatives have been enacted, some with very far reaching impact upon the tax climate in this...more

May 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

March 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This past month’s headline developments involve three major developments in the area of independent contractor (IC) misclassification. The first case involves a large department store that agreed to pay most of the costs of...more

UK DfT Announces £25 Million In Funding For Advanced Biofuel Plants

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport (DfT) announced the launch of a £25 million competition for funding to build advanced biofuel plants. The funding will eventually lead to the construction of up to three...more

Flash No. 41: How The NLRB and 2 All-Beef Patties Resonate with Trucking

by Benesch on

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) General Counsel’s July 31 announcement that he will name McDonald’s U.S.A. LLC as a joint employer in dozens of unfair labor practice cases filed on behalf of employees of...more

Beware: Changing Ownership of Company Radio Licences Could Cost You

by Varnum LLP on

One of the most commonly overlooked regulatory agency approvals in a business transaction is FCC approval of radio license assignments and transfers - and the reason it is often overlooked is that many businesses are unaware...more

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