In Joint Employer Battle: Round 2 Goes to McDonald’s

On Tuesday of this week, a federal appeals court gave McDonald’s Corporation a significant victory on the question of joint employment status. The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found in Salazar v. McDonalds that the company was not a joint employer in that it did not exert enough control over employees at…

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Union Targeting Fast Food Industry

Despite the major defeat it recently suffered over the joint employer battle detailed above, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its allies on the presidential campaign trail will not just tuck their tales and go away. To the contrary, having enjoyed much success across the nation with their Fight for $15 campaigns, SEIU is…

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Competitor News

Earlier this past summer, Canadian-based Tim Horton’s introduced its new plant-based Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich and Beyond Burger as limited-time offers across Canada. With sales for the meat substitutes running higher than expected, the RBI-owned coffee and donut chain will continue to offer both at most stores in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.…

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Competitor News

Having been targeted over the past however many months by SEIU, Fight for $15, and the #Me Too Movement, McDonalds is heading into a more educational mode. The Golden Arches announced that it will launch a new series of educational training programs over the next few months with a focus on creating “healthy relationships and…

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Competitor News

The National Owners Association (NOA), the independent franchisee association for McDonalds systems operators founded last fall, has come out with a list of menu initiatives they point to as problems. Primary among the complaints detailed by the group is the dollar drink special as well as the new Worldwide Favorites menu, which includes popular menu…

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NLRB Issues on Unions, Member Conflict

One could argue that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been ground zero on a broad array of issues under President Trump as the administration tries to scale back anti-business regulations. And to drive that point home, this past week, the agency issued a ruling in a 3-1 decision in the Johnson Controls, Inc.…

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Competitor News

A group of Democratic senators, 5 of whom are candidates for the democratic presidential nomination and have pandered to protesters against the company in past weeks, wrote Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to demand a “full investigation” into workplace violence against McDonald’s employees.  They wrote in response to an OSHA complaint against one location filed…

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SEIU, ACLU, Fight for $15 Sue McDonald’s

Some 23 individual complaints were filed this week against McDonalds alleging sexual harassment at some of its corporate and franchised stores. The majority of the claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and contend (again) that McDonald’s is a joint employer of the workers in their franchised locations and hence, equally re$pon$ible and…

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Miscellaneous

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a federation of state and local occupational safety nonprofits, released its Dirty Dozen 2019 report Wednesday. The annual report lists employers that the council believes put workers at risk – and this year, McDonald’s made the cut for its “failure to act” on more than 2 dozen…

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McDonald’s Folds In Minimum Wage Fight

McDonald’s Corporation, which has largely been the catalyst for, as well as the target of, the Fight for $15 along with a fast food unionizing drive by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has advised the National Restaurant Association that it will no longer support efforts opposing an increased minimum wage. In its letter to…

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