This week, the California legislature nearly unanimously approved Assembly Bill 525, which would (if signed by Gov. Brown) amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act (“CFRA”).
Tomorrow (Monday, June 29, 2015), California State Assembly Bill (AB) 525 will be considered by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. If passed by the Senate, AB 525 will amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act by expanding protections for existing franchisees.
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.
Looking to the new year, the labor and employment practitioners at Armstrong Teasdale have come up with a list of the top 10 employment law issues for employers. By keeping this Top 10 list of employment issues in mind, you can minimize legal risks and maximize chances of successfully dealing with employment law challenges in 2013.