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McDonald’s Renews Effort to Upgrade Kitchens in Food-Quality Bid

McDonald’s Corp. is making a new push to get franchisees to upgrade their kitchen equipment, aiming to win back customers with improved fried chicken and higher-end desserts. It won’t be cheap. (Bloomberg)

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Baskins-Robbins: Exclusive Scoop

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced that it is seeking entrepreneurs in the state of Washington who would like the exclusive scoop on how

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How a new ‘joint-employer’ standard could hurt franchising

Recent moves by the National Labor Relations Board are threatening franchise independence, and that has franchise owners like Tom Saia worried.

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What does the ordinance mean for franchise owners?

When it comes to franchisees, the law in Seattle considers you a large business even if you only own a single outlet. As part of a franchise you must include

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: NLRB joint-employer ruling is a job killer

There could be big trouble ahead for franchisors, thanks to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) opinion – and it could potentially harm employees, too.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: NLRB on joint employers

Last week, Washington Restaurant Market Watch examined the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rulings on union elections and their potential impact on restaurant operators. This week we continue our series on the NLRB with a look at its view of joint employers.

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Former NLRB member: “Joint employer” ruling eliminates jobs

The recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel to consider McDonald’s and its franchisees as “joint employers” in a series of labor practice complaints could have severe, negative consequences across industries and discourage people from purchasing franchises, according to former NLRB member Peter Kirsanow.