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NRN editors discuss the Carrols and Burger King deal, how the joint employer rule will impact restaurants

Plus, hear from Adam Gertler, Würstmacher of Dog Haus


This week on the Extra Serving podcast, a product of Nation’s Restaurant News, NRN editors Holly Petre, Leigh Anne Zinsmeister, and Joanna Fantozzi spoke about franchisees.

The editors talked about arguably the biggest news of the week: Burger King planning to acquire its largest franchisee, Carrols Restaurant Group, for $1 billion. That means an additional 1,000 restaurants to the Restaurant Brands International-owned restaurant chain. Burger King is calling this move the next step in its “Reclaim the Flame” program that began several years ago. The chain plans on remodeling the 1,000-plus units and selling them back to local franchisees. What does this mean for the future of franchising at the second-largest burger chain in the country?

Also, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn the joint employer rule which would hold business franchisors and franchisees equally liable for labor terms and conditions. Political parties are on opposite sides of the matter, but President Biden said if the rule is repealed, he would veto it. The National Restaurant Association has rallied, along with other business advocacy groups, to repeal the rule. Republican lawmakers have said that they are “on the side of small businesses” and that’s why they voted to repeal the measure. What could this mean for franchisees and franchisors?

This week’s interview is Adam Gertler, Würstmacher of Dog Haus.


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