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McDonald's Intensifies Democratic Lobbying Efforts on Joint Employer

Republican lawmakers are already on board with franchisors' views against the 2015 NLRB joint employer decision and its perceived implications. It's the union-friendly, left-leaning Democrats who are viewed by McDonald's, Yum Brands and other franchisors as needing extra persuasion to shield them from being legally viewed as joint employers of their 'zee employees.

McDonald’s Corp. is hiring lobbyists with Democratic ties as part of an industry push to convince lawmakers to reject the NLRB’s definition of joint employment and thus shield franchisers from having to collectively bargain with franchisee workers.

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based fast-food company has tapped firms Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; and theGROUP DC to lobby Congress on the issue.

McDonald’s and other fast-food industry players like Yum! Brands and the International Franchise Association want Congress to pass legislation to limit liability under federal labor law for businesses that use staffing, franchise, and other contract relationships. — Tyrone Richardson, Bloomberg BNA

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