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Franchisees Are Not “Large Employers”

The City of Seattle, Washington, approved a $15 minimum wage law June 2, 2014, the highest minimum wage law in the U.S.  Hourly workers deserve reasonable pay.  And if there is no movement on a change in the federal rate, then I understand the desire of workers and unions to push for higher wages at the local level. But Seattle did go too far in one disturbing respect. The new law views franchisees as large employers simply because they are part of a franchise system. This means that an individual franchisee with a small number of employees may be required to …