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Oh thank heaven?

Tom Fox | January 11, 2018

What is the responsibility of a franchisor to ensure its franchisees operate legally? Does the FCPA apply to franchises? These are but two of the questions that many U.S. franchisors may be thinking about a bit more today than they were yesterday in light of the reported raids by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of 7-Eleven stores across the country, looking for undocumented workers. The parent franchisor attempted to distance itself from the entire imbroglio by releasing a statement that “7-Eleven Franchisees are independent business owners and are solely responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States.”

The problem for the parent franchisee is that it is well aware of problems in its franchisees over this very issue. Back in 2013 another series of...

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