Oklahoma Clarifies the Relationships Between Franchisors, Franchisees, and Employees

Law Effective November 1, 2016

Under a new law in Oklahoma, a franchisor is not considered the employer of a franchisee or a franchisee’s employees.

Additionally, the law clarifies that the employees of a franchisee are not considered employees of the franchisor, and the employees of a franchisor are not considered employees of a franchisee.

The law is effective November 1, 2016. Click here to read the text of the law, which includes definitions of key terms.

To review other laws specific to Oklahoma, visit the State Laws section, click on Oklahoma, and choose your topic of interest from the left-hand navigation menu.


Governor approves tipped minimum wage increase

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)- Governor Gina Raimondo has given thousands of Rhode Island residents a raise.201506558869d56ec02

The governor signed a bill into law yesterday that raises the state’s tipped minimum wage from $2.89 an hour to $3.89 an hour over the next year and a half. This is Rhode Island’s first increase in the tipped minimum wage in 20 years. The state currently has the lowest wage for tipped workers in all of New England.Governor Raimondo says the increase will help more than 22,000 tipped workers in the state. “These are hard-working people. They deserve a livable wage. My job is to make Rhode Island a place of opportunity for everybody and, if you work full-time, you shouldn’t live in poverty. So, I feel great that we increased the minimum wage,” said Raimondo.

Advocates for restaurant workers say the increase still does not go far enough.

“Even with this increase, servers are still going to be paid 31% of the full minimum wage, which is still less. That’s a second tier and that’s unacceptable in a democratic society, right?,” said Michael Araujo of ROC United.

Governor Raimondo says the change will be easier on local businesses since the dollar increase is spread out over 18 months.

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