NLRB Upholds New Joint Employer Rule

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday declared war on small businesses across the country and on the franchise industry in particular by upholding the new expanded definition of joint-employer.  By a partisan vote of 3-2, the full Board ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) was a joint employer along with a…

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NLRB Pushes Forward with Joint-Employer

Originally, the notion of recasting the definition of “joint-employer” was floated as an opinion from the office of NLRB General Counsel.  Subsequently, General Counsel Richard Griffin formally charged McDonald’s Corp as a joint-employer in a number of labor disputes stemming from New York.  Last week, the new definition was formally adopted by the five-member National…

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Great Line-up Grows for 2015 National Conference

With the 2015 DDIFO National Conference just a bit over one month away, we’re excited about the amazing line-up of informative presentations in store for attendees.  A quick look at some of the presentations scheduled: “Conversation with Dunkin’ Franchisees” Rob Branca, Alex Smigelski, Parag Patel, Nicole Hansen and Mike Cavallo “Winning Habits That Make You…

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Federal Court Validates “Ambush Elections”

US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the District of Columbia validated the NLRB “ambush election” rules in her decision last week on a challenge brought before the DC court by the business community.  Judge Jackson characterized the challenge as a disagreement with “choices made by the agency entrusted by Congress with broad discretion…

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Early-Bird Extended for 2015 National Conference

For the few of you who may be procrastinating, DDIFO has extended its early-bird discount registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference until August 15.  The conference, which will include a host of exceptional presentations as well as the annual Hall of Fame induction gala is being held on September 21 and 22 at Caesars…

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Attorney Bob Zarco To Address 2015 National Conference

We’re thrilled to announce that attorney Robert Zarco, a leading national franchise attorney and founding partner of the law firm Zarco Einhorn Salkowski Brito will be one of the many top notch presenters at the 2015 DDIFO National Conference.  A dynamic and engaging speaker, Attorney Zarco will address the joint-employer ruling in detail as well…

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Colorado Roundtable on NLRB Excesses

Through the efforts of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, which was begun in the wake of the egregious NLRB joint-employer ruling, we a grassroots roundtable is scheduled for next Monday afternoon, July 2,0 on the importance of preserving the joint employer standard with Jorge Delgado, State Director for first-term Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. …

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NLRB Broadens Its Reach

In one of its more recent rulings, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board found against an employer (Boch Imports, Inc.) who maintained employee handbook provisions the NLRB said were too broad. The case, which was initially filed in 2012, centered on the employer’s dress code, which prohibited employees from wearing any pins,…

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Upcoming Events

Plans are finalized for our June 11 Members meeting in Saco, Maine.  We are thrilled that name partner Peter Bennett of the Bennett Law Firm with offices in Portland and Boston will present on the plethora of NLRB rulings and revisions that can directly – and negatively – impact your business operation.  The meeting will…

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NLRB Grilled by Congress on Call For Briefs

We reported at the end of last month that the NLRB had issued a call for briefs to essentially challenge the validity of right-to-work laws currently in place in literally half of the states in the union.  Last week, the US Senate got into the act by grilling the NLRB leadership in a Senate Health,…

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