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Oman Market Developments

The Sultanate of Oman is the longest continually independent Arab country in modern history, having marked the 45th anniversary of its establishment last year. Looking to the future the Sultanate's long term strategy, Vision...more

An Intellectual Property Primer for Franchisors

Intellectual property is a core asset of any franchisor. In fact, intellectual property is important to virtually all businesses. For some companies, it’s their most valuable asset. A basic knowledge of intellectual property...more

Termination of a Commercial Lease May be an “Avoidable Transfer” in Bankruptcy, holds Seventh Circuit

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

Sign O’ The Times: SCOTUS Denies Cert In Franchise Arbitration Dispute

On Monday of this week, after stringing the parties along for five months, SCOTUS denied cert in a case involving the intersection between arbitration and franchise regulation. The petition was filed in November of 2015,...more

Having The “Are You Operating an (Illegal) Franchise System Without Knowing It?” Conversation

Franchising laws are very broad in scope and may inadvertently encroach upon standard licensing or distribution agreements. The repercussions for operating an illegal (or more likely inadvertent) franchise system can be very...more

Franchise & Distribution News, Number 2

Ontario Passes New Legislation Governing Tips and Gratuities - Ontario restaurants, bars and other businesses with employees who receive some of their pay through tips and gratuities will face new laws governing how...more

Court Rules Dissolution of Cooperative Corporation Is A Process, Not A Flash

I don’t see that many cases involving California’s Cooperative Corporation Law and so I was interested in a recent ruling by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in English & Sons, Inc. v. Straw Hat Rests., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist....more

Improving Franchise Laws

Will California’s recent overhaul of its franchise relationship law lead to a proliferation of state franchise relationship laws? I doubt it. As I’ve written elsewhere, my guess is that the California law represents a...more

Top franchise decisions: two standouts from 2015

Perhaps the most significant decision last year affecting franchising was not issued by a court and did not involve a franchise system. In an August 27, 2015 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Protecting Interests in Preliminary Injunctions

A franchisor in a termination dispute with a franchisee may request a preliminary injunction to force the franchisee to immediately stop operating the franchised business and using the franchisor's trademarks and intellectual...more

Michigan Franchisors Not Joint Employers of Employees of Franchisees Absent Agreement

On March 22, 2016, Michigan joined Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee by amending its Franchise Investment Law to make it clear that unless otherwise specifically provided for in the franchise agreement, a franchisee...more

CMA encourages increased competition in Britain’s rail sector

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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #2

Last week at the SHRM Legislative Conference, EEOC Chair Jenny Yang both praised and cautioned employers in talking about HR technology. In particular, Chair Yang said that some technology can reduce bias in the workplace,...more

Is Labor Law Putting the Franchise Business Model at Risk?

Over the course of the last year, we have kept you abreast of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case law and Department of Labor (DOL) interpretive/enforcement guidance, how these agencies are changing their view of the...more

2016: What’s on the Horizon for Salary Thresholds Under the FLSA, Employee Handbooks and the NLRB

There are several changes and new trends appearing this year in various areas of labor and employment law. This month’s Workplace Word highlights several of these changes and discusses what employers should expect this year....more

New DOL Joint Employment Standards Affect Auto Employers

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 Complex World of Joint Employment

Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of joint employment: Joint employment, or co-employment, is the sharing of control and supervision of an employee’s activity among two or more business entities....more

Joint Employment Challenges Continue in 2016

The legal concept of “joint employment” exists when a person is employed by two or more entities, such that the employers are responsible, individually and jointly, to the employee for compliance with a particular statute or...more

FranCast Series: Franchisors Take Note: Broader DOL "Joint Employer" Interpretation Adds More Risk for Franchise Industry

While the franchise industry's attention has been focused on the NLRB's new and expanded joint-employer test, the Department of Labor has quietly continued its assault on what it calls the "fissured" employment landscape by...more

"A New World for Joint Employers"

A recent trend in labor and employment law is the increase in entities found responsible as employers and the simultaneous expansion of the definition of employees. This is manifesting itself through a new test for joint...more

Top 10 Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2015

Continuing our tradition of presenting annually our thoughts concerning the top 10 developments/headlines this past year in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law, here—in no particular order—is our listing for...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

State Regulation of Biz Ops

26 states in the U.S. have laws that govern the sale of business opportunities, or “biz ops”. California and some other states use the term “seller assisted marketing plan” instead of business opportunity, but the substance...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

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