A Counterpunch to the NLRB Ruling: Zarco Delivers for Franchisees

Franchise owners at DDIFO’s national convention in Las Vegas had surely heard all the talk about the end of franchising as we know it. The National Labor Relations Board’s controversial joint-employer decision has triggered a backlash in the franchising world, with the labor board ruling that a big recycling company is responsible for the employees…

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NLRB Advises Freshii is Not “Joint-Employer”

In what may represent some refinement in their recent advisory regarding “joint-employers”, the NLRB recently issued a ruling declaring that restaurant franchise Freshii does not qualify as a “joint-employer” in a case involving alleged retaliation by a Freshii franchisee against employees involved in unionizing activities.  Essentially, the NLRB ruled that Freshii “control” over its franchisee’s…

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Upcoming Events

We have two meetings that members will want to attend before summer arrives – the first will be held at the Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio on May 21.  Registration for this meeting, which will feature franchisee attorney Pete Silverman, a partner with the firm Shulman, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio, is now available on…

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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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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Fallout from the NLRB McDonald’s Decision

Recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) raise important questions about labor law. In the actions involving McDonald’s, the NLRB prosecutor is contending that McDonald’s and its franchisees should be considered the “joint employers” of the employees who work at McDonald’s franchise restaurants. On the surface, franchisees might expect their interests to align…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

We are only one week away from the Northeast Regional Member Meeting to be held from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  We will conclude the event with a cocktail reception at 5:00 PM.  Register now to attend!  Always one of…

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Targeting NLRB

In more news that will likely be welcomed by small businesses across the country, Senate Republicans also have an eye on the many radical changes being advocated by the National Labor Relations Board.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has filed a bill that seeks to ensure balance in the rulings of the NLRB by increasing the…

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NLRB Sued Over “Ambush” Election Rule

More news this week regarding the NLRB and its pro-labor advocacy has the agency being sued by a number of national business groups over the agency’s recent passage of the so-called “ambush election” ruling.  The ruling will lower the threshold for union organizing efforts within private sector companies by streamlining the process required and dramatically…

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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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