XpertHR Addresses 10 Most Common HR Dilemmas Faced by Franchises
Joint Employer Liability, Employee Leaves, and Paid Sick Leave Among Top HR Compliance Challenges For Franchises
Jun 24, 2015, 08:40 ET
NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- These days, even experienced franchise owners can be overwhelmed by human resource demands and HR compliance challenges. In a new report, XpertHR identifies the 10 most common HR dilemmas faced by franchises and offers guidance on how to address them. The whitepaper helps franchises deal with issues such as joint employer liability, employee leaves, reasonable accommodation, paid sick leave, employee classification, overtime, protected activity, and more.
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While all franchises face similar issues, small franchise owners, who are typically focused on running their business and putting out fires, struggle with staying current with legal and workplace trends. Many don't have an HR function but are still responsible for ensuring employment law compliance. Some might even be tempted to let employment issues slide, which can lead to significant legal problems and related costs.
"Most franchises are trying to run their business, keep up with changing laws, evolving technologies, recruitment and retention challenges, and changes in workforce demographics," says Tracy Morley, Legal Editor, XpertHR. "Franchise owners, both small and large, should have a thorough understanding of federal, state and municipal employment laws, anticipate changes and proactively manage their workforce to reduce the potential for employer liability."
Franchisees are independent business owners responsible for the business decisions they make. While the overwhelming risk is primarily to franchisors if they are held accountable for the mistakes of their franchise owners, franchisees will feel the effects as well, since damage to a franchisor's brand could negatively impact a franchisee. In an effort to preserve the franchisor-franchisee relationship, franchise owners should ensure that customers and employees alike understand that the franchisor is not the employer.
XpertHR's top employee management and HR compliance issues for franchises are:
- Joint Employer Liability
- Employee Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation Requests
- Paid Sick Leave
- Minimum Wage, Employee Classification and Overtime Requirements
- Hours Worked
- Finding and Hiring the Right Employees
- Performance Management
- Protected Activities Under the National Labor Relations Act
- Workplace Safety
For a free whitepaper on top 10 employment challenges faced by franchises and how to address them, visit XpertHR.
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Beth Brody, fisher VISTA (For XpertHR)
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