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Concern over a California joint-liability proposal unites McDonald's and its franchisees

The Bottom Line: A bill making its way to the governor’s desk would go further than proposed federal joint employer rules in making franchisors liable for their franchisees’ workers. And this one just targets fast-food chains.

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There's plenty happening at the high end of the pricing barbell, too

Reality Check: Decadent meal choices are also proliferating, for a lot more than $5.

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Reassessing McDonald's tech deals from 2019

The Bottom Line: The fast-food giant’s decision to end its drive-thru AI test with IBM is the latest pullback away from a pair of technology acquisitions it made five years ago.

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Trend or fad? These restaurant currents could go either way

Reality Check: A number of ripples were evident in the business during the first half of the year. The question is, do they have staying power?