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Group demands NLRB turn over documents in McDonald's case

A major business group is demanding that the National Labor Relations Board turn over all internal documents about its controversial decision to treat McDonald's as an employer in unfair labor cases.

The International Franchise Association said Thursday that it would file a Freedom of Information Act request with the NLRB for the documents. The board's decision in July to treat the world's largest fast-food chain as a joint employer with all of its individual franchises sent shockwaves through the business community, who warned it could legally undermine the entire franchising business model.

"We fear that the floodgates have opened because of the general counsel’s opinion. And given the lack of transparency on the rationale behind the decision, it is creating a huge amount of uncertainty in the franchising community,” said IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. "This needs to stop."

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