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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 could be jointly liable with local franchise owners if labor disputes at some locations were not resolved.

Since then, 61 new charges have been filed against 27 other franchise brand companies and local franchise business owners in areas including travel, full-service restaurants and the maintenance industry, according to Steve Caldeira, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association.

  • Franchising group seeks reasoning behind NLRB opinion – Chicago Tribune
  • Has the National Labor Relations Board opened ‘Pandora’s Box’? – MSNBC
  • NLRB decision creates uncertainty for franchise industry of 18 million people –
  • Trade Group Sees Threat from NLRB Approach to Franchise Relationships – Wall Street Journal

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