McDonald’s and Others Face New Rule That Could ‘Destroy the Franchise Model,’ Company Says


More than 800,000 people work at a McDonald’s restaurant in the U.S. But the question of who works for McDonald’s is a thornier one. Today, about 95% of the restaurants bearing the Golden Arches are franchises. And McDonald’s Corp. is quick to say that the workers flipping burgers, running registers, and mopping floors at those restaurants are employed by the franchisees, not the company headquartered in Chicago’s West Loop.

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