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The NLRB’s latest attack on small business

NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney said in an op-ed today that the National Labor Relations Board’s announcement that it will consider McDonald’s USA, LLC as a “joint employer” in a group of current unfair labor practice complaints against individual McDonald’s franchisees threatens a business model that has helped create millions of restaurant jobs.

“The NLRB overturned a 30-year rule that gave franchisees the freedom to run their day-to-day employment practices independently of their franchisor — hiring, shift schedules, terminations. A traditional firewall has now been eliminated, making franchisors liable for franchisees’ employment practices despite the fact that franchisors have no control over those practices,” Sweeney wrote.

Read the full column, “NLRB Stacking the Deck against Small Businesses and Employees.”

Leading lawmakers also spoke out against the NLRB action.

“Imagine being an owner of a franchise business and being told that all the employees that you recruit, hire, train, pay, promote, and work alongside day after day are actually another company’s employees, too,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said.

“Let’s hope wiser heads prevail and this absurd decision is rejected,” House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) said.

Read the NRA’s statement on the NLRB directive.

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