2014 was a challenging year for franchising, seeing two new broad-based forms of attack on the franchise model driven by labor unions. The International Franchise Association has created a coalition to fight back.
The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel announced today that it has issued 13 consolidated complaints against franchisor McDonald’s USA, LLC and McDonald’s franchisees naming them “joint employers.”
The NLRB’s General Counsel, Richard Griffin, recently explained his McDonald’s “joint employer” opinion to a group of law students. His comments offer some hope for franchisors concerned with his determination.
The Franchise Industry Continues to Fight New Minimum Wage Laws, and Other Top Stories in Franchising this Week
Links to some of the most interesting stories in franchising this week.
It should be obvious that it is never a good idea to lie to a court of law. That’s a pretty basic concept, right? Lying in court documents is called “perjury,” and it’s a crime in every State in the union. So it’s always interesting to hear a story about someone who failed to grasp this fairly simple concept — and how they got caught doing it. This time it was the Husains, longtime McDonald’s franchisees, who lied to a court in Northern California in litigation against their franchisor.