Trump Gives Fast-Food Restaurants a Break

Food and drinks at a McDonald’s restaurant in Times Square, 2012 (Mike Segar/Reuters)
He’s rolling back the “joint employer” rules imposed by the previous administration.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A merican labor laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Act, give employees a number of protections from their employers — wage and hour restrictions, the right to unionize, etc. But oddly enough, they’re not too clear on who counts as the employer of a given worker, leaving that issue to be settled by the executive and judicial branches. That question can be difficult in some situations, such as those involving contractors or “franchise” businesses such as McDonald’s. McDonald’s makes business decisions that affect individual restaurants, but it does not actually own those restaurants or


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