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

By December 18, 2018No 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.

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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


Chris Zirke‘s practice is focused on franchise law – counseling and advising both franchisors and franchisees throughout their respective business cycles. As a former business owner and franchisee, he understands the legal and operational challenges that accompany both franchisors and franchisees, helping him guide clients through franchise selection, FDD review, pre-operations, operations, and post-operation issues. Chris Zirke can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (216) 409-9590.

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The Gertsburg Law Firm produces these 10-Minute Legal Talks to give insight into legal issues for non-lawyers and to share our experience with the community. The contents of this interview are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.


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