SBM Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section to host educational session on Oct. 24 in Southfield


The State Bar of Michigan Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section will present "Franchise Law Update 2014: Labor & Employment" from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 24 at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, located at 27777 Franklin Road, Suite 2500 in Southfield.

Special guest speakers, including International Franchise Association Vice President of State Government Relations, Public Policy and Tax Dean Heyl and Wayne State University Adjunct Professor of Law George Ward, will discuss recent labor and employment developments and their potential impact to franchise systems, franchisors and franchisees.

A panel discussion, moderated by Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC Partner Brian Witus, will feature Maddin Hauser Partner Ronald Sollish, Dortch Enterprises LLC Chief Financial Officer Robert Grabowski and SBM Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section's Franchise Practitioners Group Founder and Leader Howard Yale Lederman. They will discuss franchisor vicarious liability—including the National Labor Relations Board general counsel's directive that McDonald's may be liable as a "joint employer" with its franchisees—recent court decisions, minimum wage and overtime issues and more.

The educational session is recommended for franchisors, franchisees, franchise lawyers, labor and employment lawyers, business lawyers, in-house counsel of franchise entities, human resources professionals, law students, law professors and anyone else who is interested.

The educational session is free to attend, but reservations are recommended. To RSVP, contact Sue Robinson at (248) 351-3000 or by Monday, Oct. 20.

More information about the SBM Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section can be accessed on the Section's website.