Snyder signs bills modifying franchise employment rules

Snyder signs bills modifying franchise employment rules

LANSING — A package of bills that changes the way employment rules are applied to franchise businesses has been signed into law.

Governor Rick Snyder signed the four State House bills into law on Tuesday. These bills — along with two Senate bills adopted late last year — amend various acts to define franchisees as sole employers of workers for whom they provide benefit plans or pay wages.

The new law also puts the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in charge of various employment issues. According to a House Fiscal Analysis, the bills were a response to a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that franchisors and franchisees may be considered joint-employers.