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The aftermath of Awuah: are courts encroaching on a franchisor's traditional protections from a franchisee's employment decisions?
  • Jones Day
  • USA
  • May 23 2012

There is growing concern over whether courts will deem franchisees "employees" or "joint employers," as opposed to contractors or wholly separate enterprises, as further decisions are handed down in the wake of the highly publicized Awuah case and courts grapple with today's complex franchisor-franchisee relationships

Massachusetts district court finds janitorial franchisees are employees, not independent contractors
  • Jones Day
  • USA
  • May 19 2010

On March 23, 2010, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts held in Awuah v. Coverall North America, Inc. that a group of janitorial franchisees were misclassified as independent contractors