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McDonald’s Deemed as ‘Joint Employer’ in Worker Rights Case

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McDonald’s Corp. wields enough control over its franchisees that it should be jointly responsible for the working conditions of their employees, according to charges by the U.S. labor board critics say threatens to upend the fast-food industry.

The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, who acts as a prosecutor in filing complaints for labor-law violations, said he would proceed with 13 cases involving 78 allegations against McDonald’s and some affiliated store owners.