ALERT: Federal Court Rules McDonald’s Not Responsible as a Joint Employer for Franchise Owner’s Wage & Hour Violations
- Written by Manuel Ignacio
On October 1, 2019, the Ninth Circuit ruled that McDonald’s Corp. (“McDonald’s”) could not be held liable as a joint employer for certain wage and hour violations committed at restaurants owned and operated by a McDonald’s franchise owner in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because McDonald’s does not exercise direct control over the wages or hours of the franchise owner’s employees, the Ninth Circuit did not allow those employees to bring their wage and hour claims against McDonald’s.
- Written by Rebecca Schach
Last month the 10th Circuit confirmed that the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) applies to cannabis industry employees. At issue, the cannabis industry titan Helix TCS Inc. – a publically-traded company providing security, inventory control, and compliance services to the marijuana industry in Colorado. The Company’s former security guards filed a class action lawsuit alleging that they were misclassified as exempt from FLSA overtime obligations.