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Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC's own Mark Burzych is Michigan's franchise law professional. With more than 20 years of experience as a business attorney, Mark has handled nearly all types of restaurant and franchise related legal matters and continues to consult with franchise clients daily. Through the resources below, Mark provides the public with vital information for starting a franchise or becoming a franchisee. Remember, this advice is only a starting point, and anyone serious about investing in a franchise or launching a franchise of their own is strongly encouraged to contact a reputable franchise lawyer.

Have there been any recent state or federal legislative developments in the area of franchising?

August 2016 | Ask the Expert

Yes, after several years of consideration, Congress has enacted the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA").  This is the first federal law d... Read More ›

What are some of the hot topics in franchising?

June 2016 | Ask the Expert

Having just completed the renewals for our franchise clients, we spent a lot of time talking with clients about the “joint employer&rd... Read More ›

How much flexibility should I give franchisees in my franchise system to “do their own thing?”

April 2016 | Ask the Expert

That is such a great question!  Franchising is a model of system growth that uses independent businesses and independent capital to gro... Read More ›

What is the effect of the recent legislation on the joint employer issue?

January 2016 | Ask the Expert

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) focus on classifying franchisors to be the joint employer wit... Read More ›

As our restaurant heads into the Holiday Season, are there any issues we should be concerned about?

December 2015 | Ask the Expert

Yes, and unfortunately, some of your worries concern the government’s oversight of your business.  First, be aware that the Holid... Read More ›

Is there anything new at the National Labor Relations Board on the joint employer issue?

October 2015 | Ask the Expert, Business Services Resources

Yes.  On August 27, 2015, the NLRB issued a highly anticipated decision related to the application of its joint-employer standard (the ... Read More ›

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