First round of McDonald’s ‘joint employer’ hearings held

First round of McDonald’s ‘joint employer’ hearings held

Landmark case may determine if operators could be liable for franchisees’ employment practices

Hearings before a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge began this week in a landmark case against McDonald’s USA LLC as a “joint employer” that could be potentially liable for employment practices by franchisees.

The one-day hearing in New York on Monday was the first of several planned, with additional hearings to follow in Chicago and Los Angeles in the coming months. Arguments are being heard by administrative law judge Lauren Esposito.

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