Franchising Your Business System
Franchising is an exciting and rewarding way to do business! It is your opportunity to share with others the way you do business – your system and your brand. In many instances, franchising is also the fastest, least capital-intensive way to expand your business and the system and brand that you’ve mastered.
There is, however, a lot that goes into launching a new franchise system than one might expect. At Cooper & Riesterer, we provide counsel to new franchisors as well as businesses contemplating franchising. Whether you are at the early stages of considering franchising your business or you have a detailed plan to franchise with a duplicable system already developed, we will walk you through the critical questions and decisions to developing a franchise. We will counsel you in developing and refining your franchise system so that it not only complies with the various state and federal franchise laws and regulations, but is also poised to succeed from a practical business perspective.
Cooper & Riesterer assists new and potential franchisors in building and expanding franchise systems and operations in a variety of industries, including healthcare, food, service, hospitality, trades, staffing, retail, cellular, and many others.
State Registrations and Renewals
Spring is a season of new life and excitement, but for many franchisors it’s a time of trepidation and chaos: franchise renewal season! The process of registering and renewing registrations to sell franchises can be fraught with frustration and delay. At Cooper & Riesterer, we guide franchisors through the regulatory minefield to register and renew your Franchise Disclosure Document to sell franchises in the regulated states. Cooper & Riesterer assists franchisors at all levels of sophistication, from those with designated in-house staff that have periodic questions to franchisors that prefer we handle the entire registration and renewal process. Our goal, as always, is to provide value-added services to your business.
Franchise Law Compliance and General Counsel
Franchising is business on steroids. The diversity and uniqueness of issues that franchise systems face on a daily basis makes access to responsive, effective, and business-savvy advice a necessity. Cooper & Riesterer prides itself on providing timely guidance and counsel to franchisors on a continual basis. Franchisor clients of Cooper & Riesterer are equipped in their business decision-making with a thorough understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with the decisions they face. Cooper & Riesterer also trains and assists franchisors in documenting and memorializing important transactions and events of their franchise system.
Dealing with Franchisees in Trouble
Franchisees are the heart of a franchise system. Nevertheless, franchisors spend an inordinate amount of time and energy on a select few "special” franchisees – the franchisees that just cannot seem to abide by system rules or make their franchise work. Whether dealing with franchisee issues is a rare or daily occurrence, Cooper & Riesterer provides experienced counsel on proceeding with franchisees in an effective, legally sound manner. While the baseline for dealing with difficult franchisees is best handled at the outset via a well-drafted and regularly-reviewed franchise agreement, a franchisor’s established policies, and prompt attention to franchisee issues can save time, money, and reputation for the franchisor and the franchise system. Cooper & Riesterer assists franchisors in resolving franchisee issues and in implementing the policies and procedures that allow franchisors to consistently manage their own franchisee issues.
Contact Cooper & Riesterer today: 810.227.3103
New Overtime Rule Delayed, Possibly Scrapped
Businesses, breathe easier: the new overtime rule, most widely known for raising the threshold overtime exemption for salaried employees, originally set to take effect December 1, 2016, may be scuttled altogether. On November 11, 2016 Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted an Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction, effectively blocking implementation of the rule. The Department of Labor appealed the decision on December 1, 2016, but recent developments suggest that the new administration may abandon the appeal and the rule altogether. In late January, the Department of Justice, on behalf of the Department of Labor, asked for a pause in the case to allow the new administration to consider its position on the matter. more
New Caloric and Nutrition Posting Regulations Affecting Franchises
On December 1, 2014, the Health and Human Services Agency’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA”) published final regulations implementing the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA”), as amended by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ("FD&C Act”). Among other things, Section 4205 of the ACA set forth a requirement that restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name post the number of calories with each standard menu item, along with suggested daily caloric intake, and to make certain other nutrition information separately available in written form. more
The law firm of Cooper & Riesterer, PLC, provides skilled legal services and experienced counsel to clients in Livingston County and throughout Southeast Michigan. We focus our practice on saving our clients time and money by offering: sound legal advice; proactive counsel to avoid future disputes; and effective, efficient resolutions when disputes do arise.