SJC says franchises must comply with independent contractor law 

Chains like 7-Eleven will have to review their agreements 

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT ruled Thursday that companies operating as franchises need to comply with the state’s independent contractor law, a ruling that could lead companies to newly scrutinize the terms of their arrangements with franchisees.   Many large chains operating in Massachusetts, like Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s, are franchises, which means individual franchisees own the stores, but they(...)

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