McDonald's Has Super-Sized Control Over Franchisees: NLRB

By Aaron Vehling (March 10, 2016, 7:31 PM EST) -- Management consultants, a comprehensive operating manual and an elaborate computer system are ways McDonald's controls the terms and conditions of franchise workers' employment, the National Labor Relations Board argued Thursday in opening statements at a hearing over whether the company is a joint-employer of the franchisees' employees.

The NLRB general counsel, along with union attorneys, McDonald's USA LLC lawyers and a handful of franchisees' attorneys gathered in a Manhattan courtroom — joined remotely by their counterparts in regions across the U.S. — to hash out whether McDonald's can be held liable alongside its franchisees for violations of the National Labor Relations...

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