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Ontario’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could still impact franchising

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.

 

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McDonald’s, and not just its franchisees, liable for worker treatment says National Labor Relations Board: should Canadian franchisors be concerned?

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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Arbitrators should apply ‘privacy spectrum’ to personal information

The names of people involved in labour arbitration should be disclosed with the arbitrator’s decisions, unless there are compelling reasons not to do so, according to the open-court principle and the public’s interest.

 

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