NLRB Office of General Counsel: Franchisors May Be Liable for Franchisees' Employment Practices

In a brief press release—with no accompanying opinion or other legal explanation—the Office of General Counsel said that so far it had determined that 43 cases filed on behalf of franchisee employees "have merit" and that, "if the parties are unable to reach settlement," the McDonald's franchisor "will be named as a respondent" under the theory that it is a "joint employer."

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