Fisher Zucker Attorneys Present at the International Franchise Association’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium

Fisher Zucker Attorneys Present at the International Franchise Association’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium

Fisher Zucker attorneys Joe Dunn and Dave Allsman will both be presenting at the International Franchise Association’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium on May 15-17, 2016 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.  Joe, alongside Kirk Reilly of Gray Plant Mooty and Lynette McKee of McKeeCo Services, will be presenting on the importance of product and supplier uniformity across franchise systems. His session, “Why Can’t I Buy This Instead? The Issue

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Why Can’t I Buy this Instead? The Issue of Unauthorized Products and Suppliers in Franchise Franchise Systems, International Franchise Association’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium, Washington, DC, May 2016.

PA Supreme Court to Decide if Franchisors can be Employers of their Franchisee’s Employees under Workers’ Compensation Statute

PA Supreme Court to Decide if Franchisors can be Employers of their Franchisee’s Employees under Workers’ Compensation Statute

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to rule on a seemingly narrow issue that threatens to send ripples across the entire franchise relationship. Specifically, following an appeal of the Commonwealth Court’s decision in Saladworks, LLC v. W.C.A.B. (Gaudioso),  the Court will decide whether a franchisor can ever be subject to liability as a statutory employer under Section 302(a) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. This case involved the employee of

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The Importance of Designated Purchases and Vendors to Create Franchise Uniformity

The Importance of Designated Purchases and Vendors to Create Franchise Uniformity

Uniformity of product and service offerings is essential to maintaining a uniform franchise system. By using unauthorized products and/or suppliers in providing the products and services at the franchised business, franchisees will start to break away from the uniform system standards set by the franchisor, which will then lead to the problems discussed below. First, many franchisors spend years building up the goodwill associated with their system and trademarks only

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Franchise Times Legal Eagle, 2016

Powered by Innovation – the 2016 Franchise UnConference

Powered by Innovation - the 2016 Franchise UnConference

What is innovation and how can we implement it to our franchise brands’ benefit?  These pivotal questions received the Franchise UnConference treatment during a lively morning session, facilitated by the one and only David Barr, chairman and founder of PMTD Restaurants.   As David so effectively described, innovation is the implantation of invention, the process by which brands take new or additional steps to change existing results.  Innovation can be built

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The Millennial Market: How to Gain the Loyalty of the Largest Customer Base

The Millennial Market: How to Gain the Loyalty of the Largest Customer Base

There are now as many Millennials as there are Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers. That said, it is more important than ever before for franchisors and franchisees to tap into the “Millennial Market” on social media. Millennials are the social generation and founders of social media. They should be marketed where they know best – through social channels. Social media can often times be unchartered territory for a busy older generation

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Franchise Times Recognizes 6 FisherZucker Attorneys for Legal Eagles Award

Franchise Times Recognizes 6 FisherZucker Attorneys for Legal Eagles Award

We train our lawyers to become indispensable parts of the matters they work on; to become a client’s “go to” for legal guidance and to deliver prompt and diligent service.  This recognition is the client’s opportunity to recognize and appreciate experience, expertise and results.  Jeff and I are elated that so many of our clients took the time to recognize our attorneys for delivering exemplary service.   We love what we

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Emerging Franchisors: Focus on Your Franchisees

Emerging Franchisors Focus on Your Franchisees

Emerging franchise brands face a set of possibilities unique from their larger and smaller competitors. Once a franchisor has established an initial core of franchisees and begun moving away from “pioneer” franchisees, the emerging franchisor has an opportunity to step back, evaluate, and adjust the system based on past history to continue and increase growth. An emerging franchisor should seek to improve its onboarding and initial training of new franchisees

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Franchise Agreement Changes for 2016

Franchise-Agreement-Changes-for-2016

  We are rapidly approaching the time of year when franchise systems complete their annual FDD updates.  When evaluating potential changes to the franchise agreement for 2016, prudent franchisors will consider not just the business implications, but also the relevant regulatory decisions and rulings from the prior year. Unsurprisingly, many of the major rulings from 2015 concern the joint employer question that currently looms over the franchise industry.  At this

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