The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel raised plenty of eyebrows when he announced he’d levy workers’ wage-and-hour claims against McDonald’s itself, not just the employer-franchisees. But New Jersey lawyers aren’t in agreement about what impact it’ll have—and when.

Richard Griffin Jr.—who as general counsel acts as prosecutor of employee grievances deemed meritorious—announced July 29 that he has authorized complaints that will name McDonald’s USA as a joint employer respondent if settlements aren’t achieved.

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