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Federal Labor Officials Step Into the Lion’s Den

Two top federal labor officials engaged in a spirited dialog with two franchise lawyer moderators at the American Bar Association’s annual Forum on Franchising in New Orleans on October 16.  The topic: whether the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will fundamentally change the franchise industry. The program had dramatic potential.  NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin and Dr. David Weil, Administrator of the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, faced a lion’s den of more than 800 lawyers representing franchisors and franchisees, none of whom want to see franchisors deemed to be joint employers of franchisee employees. …

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The Largest Global Franchise Brands Are U.S. Restaurants

Franchising fared respectably in a recent rating of the most valuable worldwide brands across all industries.  McDonald’s was rated among the ten most valuable worldwide brands in Interbrand’s 15th annual Best Global Brands report.  While the report was top-heavy with technology companies, headed by Apple and Google, franchise brands held their own.  And these top franchise brands are all U.S. restaurants.  In addition to McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Hut were among the 100 most valuable global brands.  Here are the ratings of these companies and Interbrand’s valuations: McDonald’s was in the top 10 at number 9, down from number …

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Welcome to Franchise Alchemy

Welcome to Franchise Alchemy, a blog that magically transforms franchise business and law news into golden concepts.  Of course, we make no promises about the gold or the magic.  But we’ll do our best. We are lawyers at the national law firm of LeClairRyan.  We hope to make real contributions to the conversation with franchisors, franchisees and franchise consultants, and with legislators, judges, franchise law administrators and individuals and businesses considering franchising.  In sum, our audience is comprised of people in the franchise business and those who deal with franchise companies or simply have an interest in the subject. Why …

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