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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017#2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

A state senator in Pennsylvania has reportedly announced plans to introduce a bill that would bar any municipality in the state from levying a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). If enacted, the bill could invalidate the...more

Extra Credit: Franchise Restaurant Workers Clear Path To Massive Payout On Technicality Under New York Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Tipped workers who didn’t receive notice of the tip credit get a win under New York state minimum wage law in a case that echoes technical traps we have seen in FLSA decisions. ...more

Federal Court Concludes Franchisor Was NOT Joint Employer

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Another case has been decided adding to the back and forth in the legal world on the issues of a joint employer relationship of a franchisor and its franchisee and vicarious liability and agency between a franchisor and...more

Franchisor's Racial Animus Is Irrelevant in Determining Legality of Franchise Termination Under NJ Franchise Practices Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a recent win for franchisor 7-Eleven, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a New Jersey district court’s ruling that 7-Eleven properly terminated its franchise agreements for cause based on the...more

Joint Amicus Brief Filed to Protect Franchise Business Model - BB&K’s Thomas O’Connell Counsel of Record

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Thomas O’Connell, as counsel of record, and Roger Crawford recently submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Franchise Association, American...more

FRANCHISEE 101: McDonald's Shaking Damages for OT Policy

by Lewitt Hackman on

In Los Angeles Superior Court, McDonald's claimed victory when 6,600 workers seeking $41 million in back pay and penalties came away with less than 2% of the amount sought in a claim that the fast-food giant cheated them out...more

Shifting Sands Continue to Undermine Traditional Definitions of Employment

On June 7, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor withdrew two Administrator’s Interpretations issued during the Obama administration that took a broad view of the employment relationship...more

Putative Class and Collective Action Under Enjoined U.S. DOL Overtime Rule Appears to Face Strong Argument for Dismissal

by Littler on

On June 7, 2107, a plaintiff brought a putative class and collective action against Chipotle for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law. The plaintiff asserts the company...more

Sheppard Mullin Secures Major Victory for Chipotle in Nationwide Misclassification Action By Demonstrating Variations Among...

The Court’s opinion in Scott v. Chipotle Mexican Grill demonstrates how employers can successfully combat class action claims that employees were misclassified as exempt. The successful defense of the class certification...more

McDonald’s Corp. Dismissed from Suit Over Wage Violations at Franchises - Ostensible Agency Theory Rejected by Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A class action attempt to establish joint employer liability between franchisor McDonald’s Corporation and its franchisee for allegedly unpaid wages through an ostensible agency theory was brought to an end recently by a...more

New York Court Delivers Denial Of Certification In Papa John’s Drivers’ Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court in Durling, et al. v. Papa John’s International, Inc., Case No. 7:16-CV-03592 (CS) (JCM) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2017), recently denied Plaintiffs’ motion for conditional certification...more

Federal Court Serves Up Satisfying Seconds For California Franchisors: No Ostensible Agency Liability For Franchisees’ Alleged...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in California recently held that a franchisor cannot be held liable for labor code claims where it did not exercise control directly, or through an actual agency relationship with the...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

by Reminger Co., LPA on

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

FRANCHISOR 101: Are Franchisees Your Employees?

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

Third Circuit affirms class certification in franchisee-as-employee class action

by DLA Piper on

In a recent sharply divided 2-1 decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of class certification against commercial cleaning franchisor Jani-King in a lawsuit alleging that Jani-King’s franchisees were...more

Five Critical Wage and Hour Issues Impacting Employers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

It is no secret that the wage and hour requirements found in the myriad of federal, state, and local laws and regulations present unique challenges to employers across the country. Those challenges are further complicated by...more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

EEOC Supports NLRB’s Joint-Employer Standard before DC Circ.

On September 14, 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit expressing support for the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) loosened standard of a joint employer....more

Motel 6 Sued By EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

New Orleans Motel Placed Employee on Unwanted Leave of Absence, Federal Agency Charges - NEW ORLEANS - G6 Hospitality, dba Motel 6, unlawfully placed a pregnant employee on leave solely because of the fact that she was...more

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise to Pay $150,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Doughnut Franchise Manager Sexually Harassed Young Female Employees, Some in Their Teens, and Retaliated Against Worker Who Resisted Advances, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Hillcrest Marshall, Inc., which owns...more

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