FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13—The International Franchise Association (IFA) today applauded the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) plans to move forward with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the joint employer standard.
“The NLRB’s announcement is good news for franchises and franchise employees across the country,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. “Franchise owners have been frustrated about the vague and uncertain legal minefield created by the NLRB joint employer standard since it was expanded in 2015. Rulemaking is an important step to address the concerns of local business owners by providing clear lines in the determination of joint-employer status. We look forward to participating in the public notice and comment process in the coming days.”
Under the proposed rule, an employer may be found to be a joint-employer of another employer’s employees only if it possesses and exercises substantial, direct and immediate control. IFA will continue to engage its members to support this positive rulemaking process.
Celebrating 58 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.