Lawsuit May Test McDonald’s ‘Joint-Employer’ Franchise Designation

A new wrongful-termination lawsuit brought by 10 former McDonald’s workers in Virginia may test last year’s efforts by the National Labor Relations Board to classify McDonald’s corporate entity as a “joint employer” responsible for its franchisee’s local operations. One former NLRB Continue reading

Franchise Industry Expects To Grow Faster Than U.S. Economy in 2015

Franchise businesses are expected to grow and create more jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy in 2015 for the fifth consecutive year, according to the International Franchise Association’s annual Economic Outlook report for 2015. But Continue reading

Feds Push on Franchise Model as NLRB Proceeds with McDonald’s Joint Employer Complaints

The National Labor Relations Board has followed through on its warning to McDonald’s, and has named McDonald’s a “joint employer” as it issued unfair labor practice complaints in 43 cases against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC. In Continue reading

Franchise Industry Asks NLRB To Disclose Its Joint-Employer Reasoning

The International Franchise Association says it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to disclose how it concluded that franchisors could be considered joint employers in labor disputes at local franchise locations. An NLRB memo earlier this year warned McDonald’s that it Continue reading

Calif. Vetos Franchise-Dispute Bill, Upholds the Franchise Model

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill intended to give franchisees a stronger position in dealings with corporate franchise systems, ending a legislative battle that fostered surprising alliances between the franchising industry and unions. The bill sought to prevent Continue reading