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New Legislation Would Make Banning Negative Yelp Reviews Illegal

New Legislation Would Make Banning Negative Yelp Reviews Illegal

Your right to write angry Yelp reviews may soon become law.
The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business

The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business

Entrepreneurs are not paperwork-sorts of people but some things just have to be written down and signed.
What Happens When a Mall Is Split Between Two Minimum Wages?

What Happens When a Mall Is Split Between Two Minimum Wages?

Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California is divided between two minimum wages, each with its own set of problems.
Texting and Driving? Not So Fast -- General Motors is Watching You

Texting and Driving? Not So Fast -- General Motors is Watching You

The automobile company is reportedly installing monitoring devices in its cars to ensure drivers keep their eyes on the road.
Fast-Food Workers to Strike in 150 Cities Across the U.S.

Fast-Food Workers to Strike in 150 Cities Across the U.S.

Fast-food workers are planning a strike this week that could be the largest yet as the responsibilities of franchisors and franchisees continue to be battled in court.
France's New Economics Minister Proposes Increase on 35-Hour Workweeks

France's New Economics Minister Proposes Increase on 35-Hour Workweeks

Days prior to taking office, Emmanuel Macron suggested that unions should vote on certain 'exceptions' to a long-running and controversial French law.
In Sexual Harassment Case, California Rules Domino's Isn't Responsible for Misconduct

In Sexual Harassment Case, California Rules Domino's Isn't Responsible for Misconduct

The California Supreme Court ruled that Domino's could not be held liable as an employer in an employee's sexual harassment case.
Why the Court's Ruling on FedEx Drivers Could Jeopardize the Franchise Model

Why the Court's Ruling on FedEx Drivers Could Jeopardize the Franchise Model

In the latest lawsuit that attempts to define the line between independent entrepreneur and employee, the court ruled that FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors.
5 Ways for Bootstrapped Startups to Get Through the First Year

5 Ways for Bootstrapped Startups to Get Through the First Year

If you can launch a product with limited funds, investors will take you seriously. Follow this advice to up your chances.
In $11 Billion Deal, Burger King Scoops Up Tim Hortons and Heads to Canada

In $11 Billion Deal, Burger King Scoops Up Tim Hortons and Heads to Canada

It's official: Burger King is buying coffee and doughnuts chain Tim Hortons for approximately $11 billion, with financing help from Warren Buffet.
Are Minimum-Wage Activists Trying to Kill the Franchise Model in Seattle?

Are Minimum-Wage Activists Trying to Kill the Franchise Model in Seattle?

The International Franchise Association claims Seattle's new minimum wage law discriminates against franchisees, and says it's all one labor union's fault.
New Delaware Law Determines Where Your Digital Assets Live After You Die

New Delaware Law Determines Where Your Digital Assets Live After You Die

The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents.
The Best Time to Visit Your Franchise Headquarters

The Best Time to Visit Your Franchise Headquarters

Some advice for franchisees on how to decide whether a trip to your franchise's home turf makes sense.
California Just Passed a Bill Granting Franchisees New Rights

California Just Passed a Bill Granting Franchisees New Rights

New California legislation makes it more difficult for franchisors to terminate franchise agreements and easier for franchisees to sell their locations.
These 3 Legal Traps Can Stop a New Business in its Tracks

These 3 Legal Traps Can Stop a New Business in its Tracks

When it comes to these issues, the best policy is to avoid the risks.
Great-Grandchildren of 'Aunt Jemima' File $2 Billion Suit Against Quaker Oats

Great-Grandchildren of 'Aunt Jemima' File $2 Billion Suit Against Quaker Oats

The heirs of Anna Short Harrington -- the second-ever woman to serve as the face of the Aunt Jemima breakfast brand -- are alleging 60 years of unpaid royalties in a brand new lawsuit.
John McAfee: You Should Care That Your Privacy Is Disappearing

John McAfee: You Should Care That Your Privacy Is Disappearing

The former fugitive and computer antivirus software tycoon warned that, by letting the Googles of the world intrude on our privacy, we are giving up our freedom as human beings.
Future Franchisees: Don't Be Thrown by the Financial Disclosure Document

Future Franchisees: Don't Be Thrown by the Financial Disclosure Document

Break the FDD down into bite-sized pieces to avoid feeling freaked out and make a well-reasoned decision about becoming a franchisee.
Ex-Subway Franchisee Concocts a Bizarre $35 Million Blackmail Plot

Ex-Subway Franchisee Concocts a Bizarre $35 Million Blackmail Plot

A leaked video, a disgruntled former franchisee and questions regarding Subway's healthiness set a strange blackmail scheme into motion.
Franchisees Seek Injunction to Halt Minimum-Wage Hike in Seattle

Franchisees Seek Injunction to Halt Minimum-Wage Hike in Seattle

The International Franchise Association filed for an injunction preventing Seattle from enacting the new minimum wage law in its present state.
When Interviewing, Avoid Legal Landmines and Find Out What You Want to Know

When Interviewing, Avoid Legal Landmines and Find Out What You Want to Know

Certain questions during interviews with prospective employees can land you in trouble. Here's what you should be doing.
Regulator Names McDonald's a 'Joint Employer'

Regulator Names McDonald's a 'Joint Employer'

The National Labor Relations Board has deemed McDonald's a 'joint employer' – a decision that could redefine franchising as we know it.
Airbnb 'Squatter' Nightmare: Does the Sharing Economy Need a Security Overhaul?

Airbnb 'Squatter' Nightmare: Does the Sharing Economy Need a Security Overhaul?

The case of an Airbnb guest who overstayed his welcome and now is a legal tenant raises critical questions about what the home-rental platform can do to protect its hosts.
Franchisees Take 7-Eleven to Court for Alleged Racial Discrimination

Franchisees Take 7-Eleven to Court for Alleged Racial Discrimination

A group of franchisees are accusing the convenience chain of trying to make a profit by systematically forcing South Asian immigrant franchisees out.
New McDonald's Lawsuit Could Redefine Franchising as We Know It

New McDonald's Lawsuit Could Redefine Franchising as We Know It

A worker group is filing charges against franchisees and McDonald's as a joint employer, setting a precedent that could have broad ripple effects.
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