A new wave of litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is hitting business owners. For the last few years, businesses have faced lawsuits regarding the accessibility of their website to the visually impaired. Now, gift cards are have become a target as well. Beginning in October 2019, a number of suits were and […]
Commercial cleaning businesses are experiencing solid growth thanks to increases in construction and real estate investments. According to Allied Market Research, the commercial cleaning services market size is expected to grow at 5.8% globally by 2022. The commercial cleaning industry encompasses businesses offering office cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other […]
A revised rule addressing joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) announced January 12, 2020 may offer some relief to franchisors. Under the FLSA, employers must comply with federal minimum wage and overtime laws. An employer is defined as “any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in […]
Listen to host Eric Dye & Julie Lusthaus discuss the following questions: Tell us about your current work with Lusthaus Law PC. What is franchising? What advice would you give a business owner looking to expand his or her business through franchising? What advice would you give someone looking to buy a franchise? What should a prospective business owner thinking of franchising or a buying a […]
Your franchise has launched, and you are actively marketing and selling to franchisees in compliance with all applicable laws. There is no more need for legal advice or so you think. However, under federal and state franchise laws, there are ongoing registration and filing obligations. These include the following: Annual Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) Updates […]
As we start the new year, many people are thinking about getting fit as their resolution for 2020. The health and fitness industry in the U.S. generates more than $30 billion in revenue and is growing every year. A big part of that revenue is driven by franchises. Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise List includes five fitness brands in […]
Franchise sales laws are highly specific. It is essential to have the assistance of an experienced franchise attorney to help ensure compliance.
Item 11 of the Franchise Disclosure Document is where franchisors are required to outline their obligations to help support franchisees before and after operations begin. Part of this assistance involves loaning the franchisee a copy of the franchisor’s operations manual (“Operations Manual”). The Operations Manual is a detailed document containing information on the standards and […]
Before deciding whether to make financial performance representations, franchisors should consider these things.