The Financial Post article by Julius Melnitzer highlights an area for risk that is new in Canada. An emerging change in employment law called “joint employer status” could be a game-changer for the Canadian franchise industry, lawyers say. Unions and other employee advocates are arguing that the relationship between franchisees and franchisors is so close that both should be considered “joint employers” of a franchisees’ employees. “We have already seen an increased risk of joint employer status in the United States and the shifting legal landscape on joint employer issues in Canada appears to be headed in the same direction,” says Andraya Frith of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto.

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Source: The Financial Post  |  June 14, 2016