Watch Your Step in Crossing the US Border

According to the Government of Canada, “Canada and the United States enjoy the longest, deepest, most peaceful, and mutually beneficial relationship between any two countries in the world.

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.

NLRB’s ‘Joint Employer’ Decision Could Lead to Headaches for Franchisors

Franchisee employees may be considered “joint employees” of the franchisor for purposes of collective bargaining and other employment issues under the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision in Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc. (BFI), a decision that could expose franchisors to labor law liability for conducting common franchisor activities.

Nutrition Information Coming to Both US and Canadian Menus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized two rules requiring calorie information on menus and menu boards in restaurants and retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering substantially the same menu items.