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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past several months, the blog post that has consistently received the most attention is Awuah v. Coverall: Is The Franchising Model Really At Risk? This is no real surprise, as the Awuah decision has garnered much attention as an area of concern for franchisors. As I recently gave a presentation to the Nevada Franchise Business Network on this topic, I thought I could supplement that post with some of the material I covered in my presentation. This blog post is a summary of the material I covered.
The recent case Awuah v. Coverall North America, Inc. has grabbed headlines for finding that a franchisor is an “employer” under Massachusetts employment law. What are the ramifications of that decision?