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Regulators push again to make franchisors accountable for franchisees' labor practices

The NLRB has redefined "joint employer" to apply even when franchisors haven't influenced licensees' policies.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs historic fast-food wage bill

The measure will give workers an unprecedented say in setting pay rates at quick-service chains. The National Restaurant Association has said other states are likely to follow.

Eating places and bars added about 25% of the employees they did the previous month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They remain 600,000 jobs short of pre-pandemic levels.

Reality Check: The trend of the moment for employers should be particularly worrisome for the foodservice business.

Those outside the fast-food sector worry they may have to raise wages to compete for workers.

Employees say the Fast Act would give them more power over wages and working conditions. But restaurant operators argue that unions would be pulling the strings.

Opponents of the landmark legislation, which would give employees a say in setting wages, are working to get Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto the bill.

That hourly pay level has become the norm in online advertising for potential hires, according to an analysis by Indeed.

The Fast Act, which would only affect quick-service chains with 100 or more locations, passed by a 21-12 vote. It's unclear if Gov. Newsom will sign it into law.

The first-year cap on hourly pay is one of the concessions that were made in the first-of-its-kind Fast Act to make the bill more palatable in the state Senate. Advocates also dropped the joint-employer provision.

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