One of the hallmarks of the franchise model is the independent contractor relationship that allows a franchise system’s franchisees to become successful, independent business owners, supported by a proven system of operations. Franchise systems require practical employment law guidance, support and solutions to maintain the franchise relationship with its franchisees.
We represent franchisors and distributors in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation. From issues involving joint-employer status to labor regulations and discrimination claims, our team delivers immediate and practical solutions that mitigate and resolve the problems and challenges associated with managing human resources in the franchising industry. We work closely with franchisors to meet their employment obligations while alleviating the potential for related claims through the design of sound employee handbooks, and policies and procedures designed to safeguard the franchisor from joint-employer claims while maintaining important brand-protection measures.
Our experience includes:
- Advice and guidance regarding the best legal practices for company-wide policies and procedures
- Creating proactive policies and procedures to avoid joint-employer designation while protecting brand uniformity
- Business and operations manuals and employee handbooks
- Employment, separation, confidentiality and non-competition agreements
- Workplace and government investigations and audits
- Employment litigation of all kinds, including complex class and multi-district actions
- Harassment, discrimination and retaliation training and litigation defense
- Union-avoidance measures