On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel announced that McDonald’s, USA, LLC will be named as a “joint employer” in at least 43 cases alleging unfair labor practices against its franchisees—a decision that could hold McDonald’s responsible for employment actions taken at thousands of its franchises and could impact all businesses operating under a franchise model. In addition, the ruling could open the door to unionizing the fast-food industry nationwide.

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