McDonald's provides software to its franchisees to alert them when labor costs exceed a certain percentage of sales is a tidbit revealed by the New York Times in an editorial on the series of class action lawsuits filed yesteday against McDonald's seeking recovery of unpaid wages and overtime, Happy Meals, Unhappy Workers:
One of the practices detailed in the Michigan cases involves software McDonald’s provides to franchises. The software sends alerts when labor costs exceed a set percentage of sales. Bosses would respond by telling workers to clock out for extended breaks or to delay clocking in for new shifts, without paying for the wait time. According to the complaints, McDonald’s knowingly tolerates those practices because it provides the software and has continuous access to the data.
This is interesting and may well explain why the parent McDonald's corporation was sued as well as the individual franchisees.
Lexington, Kentucky overtime and wages lawyer Robert Abell represents individuals and employees seeking to recover the wages and overtime they've earned but not been paid; contact him at 859-254-7076.