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Labor laws

Legal Issues

California Ruling Seen Unlikely to Dent Value of Uber, Other Startups

However, the ruling to classify a San Francisco-based driver as an employee instead of an independent contractor could potentially change how sharing-economy companies operate.
Labor laws

Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor, California Labor Commission Says

The ruling is the latest in a host of legal and regulatory challenges facing the smartphone-based ride-hailing service.
Team Work

Employee Says She Was Fired for Refusing to Be Tracked 24/7

The attorney filing the suit says she foresees a legal trend around privacy and productivity tracking.

McDonald's Wage Plan Renews Debate on Independence of Franchisees

The pay increase at its company-operated U.S. restaurants threatens to complicate an ongoing labor dispute that turns on whether McDonald's can be held responsible for the labor violations of its fran...
Legal Issues

The McDonald's Fight That Could Change Franchising

An ongoing fight between McDonald's and labor unions has entered a key phase this week.

McDonald's Employees Claim They Were Told to Put Mustard on Burns and Keep Working

Backed by a minimum-wage activist group, employees that suffered severe burns on the job have filed complaints against the chain in 19 cities.
Joint Employer

Lawmakers Question Legality of NLRB's Joint Employer Decision

Congress joins the franchising industry in seeking explanations.
Weekly News Roundup

Sony's Latest Plan Will Surprise You: Your Weekly News Roundup

Sony's grand plan to boost profits and what entrepreneurs can learn from the Westminster Dog Show.

3 Things Small-Business Owners Need to Realize to Make Smart Hires

Small teams have no margin for error when a new hire doesn't work out but doing your homework will get you the stars you need to thrive.
Managing Employees

To Pay or Not to Pay on Snow Days

Weather happens. You better have a policy in place about whether to pay them when Mother Nature gets angry.
Labor laws

Entrepreneurs Land in the Unions' Cross Hairs

New labor law regulations shorten the time period for holding an election after a petition is filed. Employers may want to take proactive steps.

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.

The 6 Rules to Hiring Unpaid Interns

A closer look at the Department of Labor's rules, which otherwise can be as clear as mud.
Growth Strategies

U.S. Entrepreneur Held Hostage By His Own Employees in China

An executive of a disposable medical-supply manufacturer is being held in his office outside of Beijing by his own employees, according to news reports.
Growth Strategies

Entrepreneurs, Politicians Join in a Virtual March on Washington for Immigration Reform

A group of lawmakers and innovators press Congress to pass an immigration overhaul.