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Looking for answers to pressing legal questions about franchising? What’s keeping you up at night? Federal, state, and local laws affecting everything from minimum wage to employee scheduling are critical to managing your business successfully. Find what you need to know about today’s legal issues from top franchise attorneys.

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New rule will spread franchise fee reporting over the life of the contract
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Prospective franchisees have several different entry points into franchising. The most common entry path for a new franchisee is to sign on for a single unit and operate it.
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Taco John's signs 100-unit agreement with multi-unit operator to bring the Mexican QSR brand to the Carolinas and Georgia.
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Consider these four fundamental questions when looking for a trustworthy business partner and you can achieve peace of mind and build a sound business.
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You've just finished attending Discovery Day and you like what you've witnessed in this final installment of the franchise courting process. You've decided this is the franchise for you. You sit down with the franchisor at the end of the day and he brings the franchise agreement to the table.
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By the time you need legal advice to see if a franchise is right for you, you've come a long way in the evaluation process.
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The Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD, is a legal document that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires franchisors to provide to franchise candidates, at least 14 days before a sale.
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta recently announced that he was withdrawing from the Obama administration's interpretation of joint employment.
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Uncertainty is the bane of business. Although the regulatory environment of the past few years seemed bent on attacking the franchise business model, the early drama and politics of the incoming administration seem to be creating a new kind of uncertainty.
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Politics, federal law, and franchisee assets. There are several significant steps that can be taken to help reduce estate taxes.
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International franchise development continues at a fairly high pace, despite all the challenges around the world that have little to do with the business climate.
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Rob Branca successfully operates 88 Dunkin' Donuts franchise locations. And that's just what he plans to continue doing long into the future. He says it's imperative that industry leaders stand up and fight for the rights of franchisees as they face a continuing barrage of government overreach and regulation.
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Rob Branca and his extended family of in-laws, siblings, children, and cousins own and operate more than 1,200 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout New England and a few expansion markets.
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NLRB and joint employer worries got you down? Here are some concrete suggestions on how to avoid getting caught in this evolving morass.
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The usual reason for forming an independent franchisee association is to address problems with the franchisor or other conflicts within the system.
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Smaller U.S. franchise brands can grow successfully overseas, too - if they do their homework and respect the differences in foreign laws and regulations.
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California amended its franchise relationship law in October, giving more rights to franchisees. How might these changes affect your brand, and will they spread nationwide?
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Litigation resulting from mandatory system changes can be eliminated (or at least reduced significantly!) by following these four tips.
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New bill would impact franchisees by weakening equity in their businesses, damaging brands, reducing product quality, and limiting franchisor assistance.
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IFA says new California bill would create untested new statutory language leading to costly litigation and hindering future franchise development.
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On many levels, 2014 was a tumultuous year for the franchise business model.
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A new set of regulatory guidelines for franchisors provides clarity on how to present franchise opportunities to prospective buyers.
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On July 29, 2014, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced in a very brief statement that he was authorizing the issuance of formal unfair labor practice complaints against McDonald's...
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The Affordable Care Act has introduced widespread changes to the healthcare landscape. It has increased the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance for the general population, regardless of age, gender, or pre-existing medical conditions.
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We live in a world where law firms commonly have billable hourly quotas that their attorneys must meet, and substantial hourly rates as well.
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Begin by asking the candidate what they thought of the FDD, and whether the information it contains was helpful. Review the material, answering the candidate's specific questions.
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Despite all its advantages, technology has made it harder to capture consumers' attention and easier for them to bypass advertising messages.
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While many U.S. franchisors are now expanding into other countries, seeking new growth and less competition, international franchisors are finding the world's largest economy a target too good to pass up. But are the streets of the USA still paved with gold?
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Hopefully, you are adopting a standardized real estate process that encompasses a clearly defined all-in-one strategy for site selection, lease negotiation, and legal review.
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