Tennessee Law Blocks “Joint-Employer”

Fortunately, a number of states are not letting the out-of-control NLRB get too far out of line within their state borders.  Two weeks ago today, Tennessee took the lead when Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (SB 0475 and HB 0757) clarifying that employees of franchisees cannot be considered employees of the franchisor for…

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Obama Vetoes “Ambush Election” Fix

As had been expected, earlier this week, President Obama vetoed a bill sent him by Congress invoking the Congressional Review Act, whereby Congress expressed its disapproval of the “ambush election rules” from the National Labor Relations Board and through which it sought to rescind them.  The bill passed both branches with less than the 2/3…

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White House Planning “Worker Summit” for Fall

As if the administration’s egregious actions regarding minimum wages, union elections, paid sick leave and joint employer rules weren’t enough mischief, the President, as he vetoed the “ambush election” fix (above), reiterated his intention to host a workers summit later this year, ostensibly to rally organized labor and other activists for more pro-union initiatives and…

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Coalition To Save Local Businesses –

In the face of all these anti-business actions from this administration, we would encourage our members and subscribers to join the Coalition to Save Local Businesses and help fight against these regulatory excesses.  It was created largely in response to excessive anti-business actions taken by the NLRB, most notably the proposed changes to the long-established…

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Texas Seeks To Limit Joint-Employer Ruling

The Texas State Legislature does not want to see the NLRB redefine the role of a franchisor in the context of joint-employer status and is advancing legislation that will specifically exclude a franchisor from that category within the Lone Star State!  SB 652 was favorably reported out of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and…

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Zarco Presenting At DDIFO Florida Meeting

Renown franchise attorney Robert Zarco has confirmed as the presenter for the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.  Attorney Zarco, founding partner of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, will be presenting on the Affordable Care Act and its ramifications for franchise owners as well as…

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“Joint Employer” Subject of Senate Hearing

The US Senate took a major first step into the “joint employer” debate last week when it held a hearing on the NLRB efforts to dramatically expand the longtime definition.  The hearing was held by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  Earlier this year, Senator Alexander, along…

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Coalition Created To Preserve Existing Definition

On the subject of the “joint employer” issue, a host of national business groups have joined forces to create the “Coalition to Save Local Businesses”.  The coalition was announced this week in Washington, DC. and is comprised of  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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Lawsuit Effort to Expand “Joint-Employer”

We’re all following the NLRB push to include franchisors as “joint employers” so as to ease unionizing efforts, but now comes a new fight to expand that definition.  Last week, 10 former employees of a Virginia McDonald’s restaurant filed a civil rights suit alleging racial harassment and discrimination against the franchisee, but the lawsuit also…

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