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As noted in a recent article on this website, a National Labor Relations Board decision that expands the definition of “employer” is expected to have a big impact on small businesses that make their livings as contractors, subcontractors, or employment agencies for commercial customers.

Another result of the NLRB decision is that franchisors and franchisees are among the business relationships that will also be affected by the ruling. The NLRB ruling comes one month after an earlier NLRB ruling stating that franchisors, such as McDonald’s Corporation, are now considered “joint employers.”

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