Franchise Law Updates

February 2, 2024

Avoiding Unwanted Employees – Which Way Will The Winds Of AB 5 Shift Next?

Assembly Bill 5 formalizes the “ABC test” as the legal standard to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. Franchise law experts are watching the development of the law closely, as it may make it more difficult for a company to maintain workers as independent contractors.


Risks To Companies With Expanding PAGA Claims

February 1, 2024

Under California law, employees who become aware of a violation of law at the workplace can bring a claim as a ‘Private Attorney General’ against the company. In California’s Labor Code, the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) allows employees to bring a civil action for penalties for themselves, for other workers in similar situations, and/or for the State of California. The procedure for filing a PAGA claim is set out in the Labor Code.


Proposed Law Could Change Franchise Business In California

February 1, 2024

A bill that just narrowly missed passing through the California Assembly could still lead to some dramatic new changes in laws that would affect franchisors and their business model. Called the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (“FAST Recovery Act”), also known as AB 257, the bill came within three votes of passing through the California Assembly, which would have put the bill just a governor’s signature away from putting into effect some strong new laws that could fundamentally alter the franchise restaurant industry.


4 Types of Intellectual Properties

September 12, 2023

Intellectual property (IP) is when organizations or individuals have the legal rights for their inventions or creations. These rights protect the creators’ efforts and encourage innovation by allowing them to control and profit from their creations. This comprehensive discussion will explore the types of intellectual property.


Preventative Law—Keeping Your Business Out of the Courtroom

August 16, 2023

Every vehicle needs preventative maintenance to keep it in healthy condition and avoid unwanted surprises. But are you doing the same for your business? If you aren’t investing in preventative legal services, you could be setting up your enterprise for added expense, reputation harm, and regulatory problems. Here’s what you need to know to help yourself. 


Employee Termination: What Employers Need To Know

July 24, 2023

Employers fire employees for many reasons, including performance and layoffs due to economic downturns. However, follow proper termination procedures when firing an employee to prevent legal issues. Here is what you need to know about terminating an employee’s contract.

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How Do You Defend Your Business Against Product Liability?

June 20, 2023

Among the costly setbacks a business can face, product liability is one of the most serious. Besides the lengthy, expensive court proceedings, your business might face long-term reputational damage.

By understanding what product liability is, when the law exempts you from it, and the precautions you can take to protect your business, you can better defend against potential product liability claims.

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2 Tips To Avoid Discrimination Lawsuits Against Your Business

May 17, 2023

Discrimination lawsuits from employees or third parties can damage your brand and waste the time and money you would otherwise use to improve your business. Here are two major things you can do to avoid such lawsuits.