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Human Resources and Your New Franchise: 10-minutes with Chris Zirke

By December 18, 2018December 6th, 2021No Comments

Whether you are considering starting a franchise, or are currently running one, you’ll want to review the nuances of managing employees. In this brief legal talk with attorney Chris Zirke, you’ll learn how to properly classify contractors or exempt and non-exempt employees, the importance of accurate job descriptions, and why it is essential to have and maintain an Employee Handbook, especially as we approach the end of the year when rules may need to be updated.


Potential franchisees will want to listen to Chris’s other talks in this series on How to Buy a Franchise:

  • Part 1: Factors to consider when deciding whether to buy a franchise and the steps to take before becoming a franchisee.
  • Part 2: Lease terms to negotiate, the balance between franchisees, landlords, franchisors, and what to expect after the franchise agreement is signed.


Listen to the conversation on the audio player below, or download this talk to listen off-line (right-click on the link and select “save as” to save to your device):


1:37 Why the distinction between employees and contractors is important
3:26 FLSA and Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees
5:38 The role of job descriptions in the proper classification of employees
8:04 Employee Handbooks, Hiring, and Firing


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This article is for informational purposes only. It is merely intended to provide a very general overview of a certain area of the law. Nothing in this article is intended to create an attorney-client relationship or provide legal advice. You should not rely on anything in this article without first consulting with an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. If you have specific questions about your matter, please contact an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.


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