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NLRB Issues Labor Violation Complaints Against McDonald's

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 22, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel last week issued 13 complaints involving 78 charges against fast-food giant McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s franchisees, as joint employers. 

The NLRB’s complaints, filed Dec. 19, allege that the conduct by the “joint employers” violated the rights of employees. As Compliance Week previously reported, the complaints could have far-reaching effects for McDonald’s, and others that rely on a franchise model, in that it opens the door to unionization and other organized worker demands for wage increases and improved working conditions.

Specifically, the NLRB alleges that McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s franchisees engaged in “discriminatory...

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