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January 2015 Archives

Dispute resolution may prove helpful to franchise owners

The decision to purchase a franchise is one that many Georgia business people make. Marketing and branding, equipment and supplies, and other advantages make this method of starting a business attractive. However, both the franchisor and the franchisee must perform in accordance with their agreement for the business to have a chance at success. When either party fails to live up to the agreement, dispute resolution options are available.

Contract dispute between Fox News and Dish Network settles

Ordinarily, Fox News is responsible for bringing the news to homes across the country and here in Georgia. This time, however, the network is the subject of headlines now that its contract dispute with Dish Network seems to be over. Since Dec. 22, Dish customers across the country have found a black screen where the Fox News Channel used to be while the two sides argued over carriage fees, tiers and new venues.

Change in credit card technology law bears consideration

After multiple incidences of purportedly secure credit card information being stolen by computer hackers, a new piece of technology is being added to credit cards that is supposed to make transactions unhackable. In order for the transactions to be secure, however, credit card reading devices used in businesses must be able to read the chips. This upgrade comes with a new credit card technology law that makes a Georgia business owner responsible for any damages incurred due to compromised information if a company does not obtain the new device or otherwise update its credit card terminal.

Port contract dispute requires the help of a federal mediator

For months now, the movement of goods out of one of the busiest ports in the country has at times trickled to a crawl or even stopped. The cause is a contract dispute between the dockworkers union and its employers. As any Georgia business owner knows, these types of contract disputes can cost the business involved, and possibly others, a significant amount of money.

NLRB says McDonald's Corp. and franchise owners work together

Business owners in Georgia may already know that the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is tasked with finding solutions in disputes between private businesses and employees. Recently, it reviewed the complaints of numerous McDonald's franchise employees. As part of its review, the NLRB determined that franchise owners and McDonald's Corp. are actually joint employers.

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