Joint Employer

Protecting Brands

Local franchise owners take great pride in running their businesses, contributing to their communities, and providing employment and training to more than 8.1 million employees across the U.S.

The IFA advocates for a clear joint employer standard that makes clear businesses are not liable for other businesses they do not control. A common sense standard of joint employment protects the vibrant franchise business community by providing certainty for brands and business owners alike.

For many franchisees, an expanded joint employer standard lead to increased costs, less equity, and less support from their brands. In fact, according to IFA research, the expanded joint employer standard has cost franchise businesses $33.3 billion per year, resulted in 376,000 lost job opportunities, and led to 93% more lawsuits. For more information on joint employer, please visit

IFA engages with regulatory agencies such as the NLRB, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Department of Labor to address the joint employer standard.

If you would like to get involved, please become a part of the Franchise Action Network and help protect small businesses across America.