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Franchisee's 7 Denny's Restaurants Abruptly Closed over State Tax Owed

Seven southern Colorado Denny's restaurants closed down overnight, seized by the state for taxes owed. Employees of franchisee Cooper Restauranteur [sic] and Consulting Group were assured Monday afternoon at a meeting that the restaurants were doing fine and that there was no cause for concern. Late that night calls were made telling employees they were out of a job as of right then.

Posting Calorie Counts on Menus NOT Easy; Laws Should Be Scrapped

Baylen Linnekin, food lawyer, scholar, and adjunct law professor, writes that contrary to what may be presented as fact, posting calorie counts on menus is not easy and moreover is often expensive. Further, research shows that calorie displays are not effective in stemming obesity, he maintains.

FDA Extends Deadline for Calories on Menus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it is putting off for a year the deadline for mandatory calorie disclosures on menus. Enforcement was scheduled to start this Friday, May 5, 2017, but has now been delayed until May 7, 2018.

Domino's Franchisee Asks Trump for Quick Stop to Obama-Era Calorie Display Law

The new federal law setting forth calorie display requirements on restaurant menu boards goes into effect May 5. But what is an owner to do when the food his restaurant serves has over 34 million possible combinations?

Australia Introduces Protection against Wage Fraud Aimed at Franchise Systems

7-ElevenAustralia's federal executive government has introduced new legislation that some feel will end grievous acts of exploitation by employers, which has been ignored by franchisors. Specifically named is the 7-Eleven franchise system. 

Shadow Battle over Joint Employer Ruling Taking Place in State Legislatures

"Business groups and conservative activists" led by the International Franchise Association, which was founded by franchisors, are fighting to undo the National Labor Relations Board joint employer ruling by lobbying at state legislatures. They have succeeded in getting state lawmakers to pass legislation that defines the relationship between franchisor, franchisee and franchisee employees away from joint employer.

This Smells Like a Lawsuit: Fragrance Sensitivity under ADA

An Illinois federal judge has rejected an employee’s disability discrimination lawsuit, in which the employee claimed her employer failed to reasonably accommodate her fragrance sensitivity as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

SBA New Rule Gives Relief to Franchise Sector

The SBA's new rule, effective January 1, 2017, offers encouraging relief to franchise owners and franchisors from the red tape of its lending programs. The 343-page document, which includes yellow highlights, is available online, but fortunately franchise attorney Theodore P. Pearce has written a summary:

Death of CorePower Yoga Founder Could Be Accidental

After San Diego homicide detectives investigated what they considered the suspicious death of CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice at his home last December, their latest conclusion is that Tice's injuries were caused by an accidental fall. An exact cause of death had not been officially cited by the medical examiner at the end of last month, saying all test results were not completed.

The $300K Flu Shot

While getting a flu shot may result in a temporarily sore arm, a Pennsylvania hospital is feeling some significant financial pain in its bank account after settling a lawsuit over its mandatory flu shot policy.