Last week, the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Congress conducted a number of meetings with lawmakers in Massachusetts to discuss legislation that would clearly state that franchisees are independent contractors, and not employees.
Another Franchisor Faces Lawsuit Alleging That Its Franchisees Are Actually Employees
A recent California court decision rejects the contention by franchisees, who sued their franchisor, that the arbitration provision in their franchise agreement should not be enforced because it is unfair and unconscionable.
Awuah v. Coverall: What If I Didn’t Know About The Mandatory Arbitration Provision In My Franchise Agreement?
A new ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Awuah v. Coverall case is yet the latest in a string of recent court decisions that confirm the strength and enforceability of arbitration clauses in franchise agreements.
Massachusetts Lawmakers Considering Law That Would Classify Franchisees As Owners
Lawmakers in Massachusetts this week are considering a bill that would (hopefully) resolve some of the troubling issues that were raised in the Massachusetts federal court decision Massachusetts federal court decision in Awuah v. Coverall North America, Inc.
Good Story On How Changing Labor Laws Are Affecting Franchising
Following the continuing story of how, and where, franchises are being viewed as akin to employer / employee relationships, yesterday’s issue of the Convenience Store News has an interesting article on how convenience stores in particular are being affected by this trend.
Wall Street Journal’s Article On Key Franchise Lawsuits
Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal has a short, but interesting, articleon a handful of the key lawsuits between franchisors and franchisees that made waves in the franchising community during 2010. Two of the cases mentioned have been discussed previously on this blog: Awuah v. Coverall, and Burger King National Franchisee Association v. Burger King. The article provides a good, if brief, summary of the decisions and their potential ramifications on the franchise industry as a whole.