Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws

Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws


This resolution recognizes that business format franchising is a major contributor to the United States economy.  The resolution also recognizes that franchising is a contractual business relationship, not akin to an employment relationship.

Model Resolution

WHEREAS, franchising contributes $1.2 trillion to the United States economy through 820,000 franchise businesses; and

WHEREAS, franchise businesses employ over 9 million workers; and

WHEREAS, franchising has been a major source of economic expansion in the United States, particularly in the retail trade and services sectors, providing entrepreneurs with a proven route to business ownership; and

WHEREAS, business and franchise agreements are contracts that govern the duties and obligations of the parties to these agreements; and

WHEREAS, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions specifically prohibit impairment of contracts that are freely and openly entered into by the parties; and

WHEREAS, the area of contract law is a well established and settled area of law with sound guiding principles outlined in the uniform commercial code; and

WHEREAS, legislation or regulations which would improperly classify franchisees as “employees” is a misinterpretation of labor and contract policy and deprives franchise investors of valuable economic opportunities; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, [insert state here] opposes enactment of laws that interfere with business and franchise agreements freely and openly entered into by parties.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that [insert state here] opposes enactment of laws and regulations that have the effect of classifying franchisees as “employees” of the franchisor.


Approved by the Legislative Board January 15, 2012.

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