The Ontario government has responded with surprising speed to the Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (the Final Report) by introducing Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 on June 1, only eight days after the release of the Final Report on May 23, 2017. Bill 148 is intended to implement certain recommendations made in the Final Report. In a positive development for franchisors and franchisees, Bill 148 does not include measures to adopt the more drastic recommendations in the Final Report that were specifically directed at franchise systems.
The general counsel of the United States’ National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that McDonald’s should be considered a joint employer with its franchisees. This finding, if ultimately upheld, could pave the way for nationwide union organizing of franchisors.
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