NLRB Rule Requires Posting of Employee Rights
In August, the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule requiring all private sector employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act to post a workplace notice informing employees of their rights under the Act. The notice informs employees of their rights to participate in union activities and engage in collective bargaining, as well as to refrain from such activities. The notice also provides examples of unlawful conduct and instructs employees on how to contact the NLRB with questions and complaints. Failure to comply with the posting rule will be deemed a violation of the Act and may result in heavy penalties.
The rule takes effect January 31, 2012.
Fairness in Franchising
The Coalition of Franchise Associations (CFA) has released a “Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights,” which calls for a number of changes in the way franchisors and franchisees contract with one another. The document, which the CFA terms a “fairness doctrine,” calls for greater disclosure and transparency by franchisors, the uniform application of franchise operating standards, and the right to renew or transfer a franchise free of “unreasonable costs and/or stipulations.” The document also recommends giving franchisees the right to set their own prices, to freely associate with other franchisees and independent associations, and to terminate their franchise without penalty in the event of a costly change to the franchise system.
While the Universal Franchise Bill of Rights is not law, and we are currently unaware of any introduced legislation relating to the matter, the document has received endorsements from a number of national franchisee associations. For more information on the Universal Franchise Bill of Rights, click here.