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Fast Food Joints Should Give Workers Freedom to Move Ahead, says State

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TRENTON, NJ - Fast food restaurant owners in Franklin and elsewhere are being asked by the state to provide information about their use of employee non-compete or “no poach” agreements, documents that "can restrict the ability of workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise," according to the state Attorney General's Office.

In a statement, the office said the letters are an effort to "promote fairness and economic security for New Jersey workers.

It said state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked eight major fast food franchisors to provide the information. In doing so, Grewal joined the attorneys general for Massachusetts and other states in requesting the documents and information from Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Little Caesars, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken and Panera Bread.

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The state said a July 2017 study surveyed 156 franchise agreements and found 80 percent of fast food restaurants used no-poach provisions.

“In the fast food industry, no-poach agreements can limit a worker’s future job prospects and restrict his or her earning potential, which is not only unfair to the worker but can harm the state’s economy,” said Grewal. “We promise our workers that if they work hard, they will qualify for new opportunities, earn higher wages and improve their quality of life. Through this letter, we’re trying to learn whether some of the biggest players in the fast food industry have contracts that undermine that promise.”

Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said, “Workers who live in a Democracy should be free to change jobs. Non-poaching agreements, which are becoming more common, can block workers from being considered for jobs that pay better, move them up the ladder, or are located closer to home – the traditional reasons people look for a new job. These agreements can exploit low-wage workers who are most in need of job protections.”

Today’s letter advises that New Jersey and the other participating states “have reason to believe” these fast food franchisors may be using no-poach agreements, and expresses concern about the “potentially harmful impacts” of imposing such requirements on workers.

The letter said the provisions restrict job mobility and “deprive other franchisees of the opportunity to benefit from the skills of workers … that they otherwise wish to hire.”

“When taken in the aggregate and replicated across our states,” the letter asserts, “the economic consequences of these restrictions may be significant.”

 

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