Analysis

With New Prez, Hotels Hope For Browning-Ferris Reversal

Law360, Minneapolis (February 3, 2017, 9:10 PM EST) -- For the past 18 months, hotels have been adjusting to a landmark decision by the National Labor Relations Board that put the future of the hotel franchise model in jeopardy, but with a Republican president now in the White House, the industry is trying to remain compliant while holding out high hopes for a reversal of the decision.

At issue is the Browning-Ferris decision from August 2015, which said that even indirect control, which exists in franchise agreements, could trigger joint-employer liability. Franchise agreements for decades have been built on the premise that the franchiser could have some control over the...

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