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Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled in March, outlines a plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget – upwards of $3 billion CAD – is committed to the encouragement of innovation.

Electronic and Courier Delivery Coming to Ontario

After long anticipation from the franchise industry, the government of Ontario has finally amended regulations under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (“Act”) to expressly allow a franchisor to deliver its franchise disclosure document electronically and by prepaid courier.

Dickinson Wright Presents at the 49th Annual IFA Legal Symposium

Dickinson Wright attorneys Ned Levitt, Paul Fransway, Jim Ullman, Andrae Marrocco, Ted Kalnins and Patrick Green attended the 49th Annual International Franchise Association Legal Symposium in Washington DC – May 15-17, 2016.

Change to Michigan Law Provides Some Protection for Franchisors

One of the recent concerns for both franchisors and franchisees in the US has been the uncertainty created by regulatory efforts to have franchisors held liable as a “joint employer” of the employees of their franchisees. Most prominent of these efforts has been the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) actions asserting that McDonald’s is a joint employer of its franchisees’ employees.

Are Shareholders of a Corporate Franchisee Considered “Franchisees” Under Ontario’s Franchise Legislation?

The answer is that it depends. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered the matter in 2313103 Ontario Inc. et al v JM Food Services Ltd. et al. in the context of whether the shareholders of the corporate franchisee can invoke the statutory rights afforded to franchisees under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (Ontario) (“Act”).

How Do I Know If a Franchisor Has a Good Relationship with Its Franchisees?

Franchise systems come in all shapes and sizes, and each has its unique elements. However, there are common aspects that underpin well-run franchise systems. A healthy franchisee-franchisor relationship is a good indicator of a healthy franchise system. Here are several elements that reflect a strong franchisee-franchisor relationship.