Trade Group Sees Threat from NLRB Approach to Franchise Relationships

By Melanie Trottman, The Wall Street Journal

The recent decision by the NLRB’s top lawyer that McDonald’s Corp. could be treated as a “joint employer” of workers at McDonald’s franchisees involved in labor complaints has spurred more complaints, according to the franchising industry’s main trade group. Several other franchise brands have been named in complaints that also seek to tie franchisee employees to the franchiser, the group said.