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Court Case: When Franchisees Are Locked into a Franchisor-Designated Vendor

Franchisees sued their franchisor over being locked into its mandated vendor who charged, they said, high prices with kickbacks to the franchisor. They lost. Attorney Lewitt Hackman explains:

Employment Law in 2017

One of the biggest employment law developments of 2016 will carry over into 2017 and a new administration. Employers nationwide spent much of the past year preparing for the December 1, 2016 implementation of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule, bumping the minimum salary level for white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") from $23,660 annually ($455 per week) to $47,476 annually ($913 per week).

Surprise FLSA Ruling

It continues to be a season of surprises in American politics…and in employment law.  Who would ever have thought that a federal judge, appointed by President Obama, would throw a money wrench in a key initiative of the Obama Department of Labor? 

Auto Dealer Wins Proposed Judgment of Treble Damages in Suit against Deceitful Exporters

A Huntington Beach, California Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealer was duped through an intricate setup into selling 117 Ram pickups to a company which then exported them to China, a violation of the dealer's franchise agreement. Dealer principal Pete Shaver took the exporter to court in a jury trial, winning a proposed judgment of treble damages, based on RICO and fraud, that was entered by a judge on November 1.

OSHA Prohibits Employers Using Drug Testing as Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ("OSHA") has a new position regarding mandatory drug/alcohol testing of employees following involvement in a work-place accident.

Study: 1 Million Jobs Will Be Lost because of Fuel Economy Rules

The Obama administration's plans, which automakers agreed to, call for a doubling of the average new vehicle's fuel economy by the year 2025, bringing it up to more than 50 mpg. But according to a study, if fuel prices remain low the results will be disastrous.

Lady of America Founder Crashes Lamborghini, Killing 82-Year-Old Uber Driver

Founder of Lady of America's crashed Lamborghini (Photo: Del Ray PD)

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The multimillionaire founder of Lady of America fitness franchise slammed his yellow Lamborghini into the SUV of an 82-year-old Uber driver Thursday, after spending the afternoon eating and drinking with his girlfriend in downtown Delray Beach.

QSR Franchisees Have High Rate of Wage Violations

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has found that its investigations of well-known brand QSR franchisees are more likely to uncover wage violations than not.

EEOC Issues Standards for Employer Position Statements

Employers can expect some new challenges in responding to EEOC charges. With six months to go before a new administration, the White House has announced it is targeting the use of non-compete agreements, commonly used by many American employers to safeguard business interests and protect trade secrets and confidential information. 

“♫ Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign ♪”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor are singing a new tune when it comes to required postings.