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Common Misconceptions About Working as an Auto Mechanic

Though the auto repair industry has evolved immensely in the past few decades, its image dates back to the times cars were first invented. People often think being an auto mechanic means working in an old, dark and dingy garages, breaking their backs over manual labor and arriving at home with grease on your face. While the job still requires some labor, it’s not quite what it used to be back when the Ford Model T was first unveiled.

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The Case for Vocational Technical Schools versus Colleges and Universities as a Means for an Education for our Youth Today

Society puts a lot of pressure on young people to get good grades in high school so they can go to a nice college and obtain a four-year degree. The fact of the matter is that not everybody is cut out for the traditional college experience, however. Sitting in a classroom setting isn’t optimal for everyone, and yet we keep urging high schoolers to dream big and apply to those educational institutions. What happened to vocational technical schools and why aren’t young people aware of them anymore?

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The Auto Industry is Hiring!

The auto industry is experiencing a very particular and very damaging roadblock to bringing on new hires: the younger generations aren’t studying car mechanics like the generations before them did. Many vocational technical colleges are offering fewer automotive classes because the interest has dropped, meaning they are pumping out fewer and fewer auto mechanics each year.

With a much smaller pond to fish from, how can automotive companies find applicants for their increasing number of job opportunities?

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Working Remotely: Trend or Future of Work?

If you Google “remote working” you’ll come across a slew of articles about how telecommuting is on the rise. This Tech Cocktail article says 6.1 million individuals in the U.S. are currently considered remote workers, and that number is only projected to rise. Despite Marissa Mayer’s famous opposition to it, working remotely has had some really good press lately, and it’s not hard to see why.

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Three Ways to Protect Your Franchise from the Joint Employer Complaint

The McDonald’s franchise has been under hot water since the NLRB issued a complaint against the franchise, alleging the franchisor and franchisees were classified as joint employers. This happened back in July and it is still a very hot topic. But what does this mean for franchisors? We spoke with attorney Lee Plave of Plave Koch PLC to get to the bottom of it.

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Thank You!

As we are closing in on Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some of my gratitude with you.

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Why Franchisors Fear The Joint Employer Lawsuits

When the National Labor Relations Board decided to consider McDonald’s a joint employer of all workers within the franchise, fears spread like wildfire. This ruling meant that any McDonald’s employee was considered jointly employed with the McDonald’s franchisor, even though individual franchisees hired the employees. So if a problem came up like injustice in the hiring or firing department, complaints could go all the way up to the top.

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Are You Vicariously Liable? It’s Time to Find Out!

While employers are liable for the actions of their employees (specifically speaking, they are “vicariously liable”), franchisors don’t have to be – that is, if they have the right provisions written out. Laws vary from state to state but if you are a franchisor it’s a very good idea to check-in with your contractual obligations regarding your relationship with the franchisees, specifically concerning hiring and firing.

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How To Avoid McDonald’s Fate in the Franchise Market

As you may have heard, McDonald’s is under some scrutiny right now regarding its hiring and firing practices. The reason it’s notable is because the McDonald’s franchisor is being pointed at for these mistakes, even though the issues lie within the individual franchisee’s actions. So how can the franchisee place the blame on the franchisor?

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How to Effectively Source and Select Franchise Owners

As you grow your franchise, it’s imperative that you find the right franchise owners; ones that will help keep your brand consistent, authentic and successful. Selecting the right man or woman for the job can be tricky, as a resume doesn’t reveal anything about an individual’s aptitude or resiliency.

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