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·         McDonald’s CEO says restaurants ‘might bring in law enforcement’ if customers refuse to comply with mask policy

·         Mayo Clinic to advise McDonald's on COVID-19 precautions

·         12 North Carolina McDonald's restaurants fined for alleged child labor law violations



McDonald’s CEO says restaurants ‘might bring in law enforcement’ if customers refuse to comply with mask policy


CBS News

via CBS 10 (NC) - Jul 30, 2020


McDonald’s said Wednesday that it would be closing about 200 U.S. restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes days after the restaurant chain joined Walmart, Target and CVS in mandating masks in all locations.


“We’re spending a lot of time right now in our restaurants making sure we can keep our crews safe, making sure we can keep our customers safe,” McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempczinski said in an interview only on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “We’ve for quite some time required our crew to wear masks, but we thought that in light of what we’re seeing, it’s prudent now that we also ask our customers to wear masks in the restaurant as well.”


While Walmart and CVS have said they will be limiting their enforcement of the mask mandate, Kempczinski did not rule out the possibility of getting authorities involved if a situation in which a customer refuses to wear a mask escalates.


“If someone is unwilling to wear a mask and comply with our rules, that might be where we might bring in law enforcement,” he said.


Kempczinski said restaurants and crews have undergone training about how to “explain to customers why we have the requirement,” and the training included “deescalation.” In recent months, retail workers at various stores across the country have been attacked for trying to enforce mask mandates...





Mayo Clinic to advise McDonald's on COVID-19 precautions


By Clyde Hughes, UPI

July 30, 2020


July 30 (UPI) -- Fast-food giant McDonald's said it has entered into a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, which will advise it on cleanliness and safety best practices during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.


McDonald's is among many fast-food restaurants that have struggled since the onset of the pandemic, recently announcing that its sales have fallen 30% globally.


The Mayo Clinic will review the company's ongoing practices and procedures in support of the crew and customer safety. The clinic also will advise the restaurant on best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


"This public health crisis is far from over," Chris Kempczinski, president and chief executive of McDonald's said in a statement. "Living by our core value of putting our customers and people first means we will continue to evolve our efforts to meet their needs and provide a safe and clean environment in McDonald's restaurants around the world. Consulting with Mayo Clinic allows us to further apply leading-edge science to our restaurant practices."


Executive teams from McDonald's and Mayo will meet on a regular basis to go over McDonald's policies and procedures to stay on top of the latest efforts to control the virus related to environmental health and safety precautions...





12 North Carolina McDonald's restaurants fined for alleged child labor law violations


Katie Clarey, HRDive

July 30, 2020


Dive Brief:


·         Twelve McDonald's restaurants in North Carolina will pay $17,586 for alleged child labor violations following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), according to a July 21 announcement.

·         The operator of the restaurants, Mt. Airy Partners, employed 35 workers who were 14 and 15 years old. WHD said it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by allowing these employees to work hours beyond what is legal for that age group. It also failed to maintain proof of age records for its minor employees, as mandated by the FLSA, the agency said.

·         "Child labor laws exist to strike a balance between providing a meaningful work experience for young people and keeping them safe on the job so that the work does not jeopardize their health and well-being or educational opportunities," WHD District Director Richard Blaylock said in the press release.


Dive Insight:


It's not uncommon for fast-food restaurants to face allegations of child labor law violations. The summer makes an apt time for such employers to review child labor law rules, WHD sais in guidance, as minors often use their vacations to find work.


The rules for workers under 18 can be complex, they vary by age group and industry and often intersect or overlap with state laws. Last summer, the Massachusetts attorney general fined 22 Qdoba locations more than $400,000 for allowing minors to work more than 11 hours in a single shift, among other violations. Chipotle agreed this January to pay $1.37 million to settle claims by the same attorney general that it committed an estimated 13,253 child labor violations. A month later, Massachusetts Wendy's restaurants paid $400,000 to settle similar allegations.




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