Upcoming Events

DDIFO has confirmed our next few member meetings, taking us into the summer months.  Members in Ohio, Pennsylvania and surrounding environs will want to mark their calendars for May 21, when we will present “New NLRB Rules and Their Impact on Franchisees!” at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio.  The meeting will begin with our…

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Presidential Politics And Dunkin’ Franchise Leaders

Every four years, many around the country have the opportunity to question those who want to be President.  Dunkin’ multi-state franchise owner John Motta had just such an opportunity last week in New Hampshire when he posed a question about harmful NLRB rulings to the latest announced candidate for the GOP nomination, Senator Marco Rubio…

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Federal Court Strikes “Joint-employer”

It may not have been the McDonalds case that brought the issue to the forefront and it may not be a direct challenge to the new NLRB definition, but a federal District Court has dismissed a “joint-employer” argument in a case involving franchisor Massage Envy. In the case of Vann v Massage Envy Franchising LLC,…

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NLRB Goes to Next Level

The National Labor Relations Board this week took what their general counsel has been threatening for the past few months, filing 13 complaints against McDonald’s franchise owners – and naming McDonalds Corporation as a co-defendant in the action.  The charges allege some 78 violations of employee rights to organize and collectively bargain, but most importantly,…

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Putting a Face To “Joint Employer”

If you’re wondering what the real rationale might be behind some of these outrageous rulings, especially the “joint-employer” determination threatened by the NLRB General Counsel Robert Griffin, we may have just the vehicle for you.  We noted in a news article somewhere this week that Griffin recently gave a keynote luncheon address, appropriately titled “Zealous…

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Now NLRB Tackles Independent Contractors

Coming just months after the egregious “joint-employer” ruling by the NLRB General Counsel, the agency has again come down on the side of enhancing labor’s unionizing capabilities at the expense of business.  Our friends in the Hartford office of Murtha Cullina advised us that last week the National Labor Relations Board ruled that FedEx Home…

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Congress Hears Issue of “Joint-Employer”

The US House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee on Tuesday of this week held a public hearing over the issue of the NLRB Office of the General Counsel ruling that defines franchisor’s as “joint-employers” with the individual franchise owners.   Witnesses testifying at the hearing, which can be viewed in its entirety here, included a…

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