Health care is a huge issue for franchisors, as last year’s debate in Washington proved.
Franchisors looking for answers with handling this issue will most likely take queues from the country's more established franchisors. McDonald’s has been in the news of late over an article in the Wall Street Journal saying that the Golden Arches were about to drop health-care provisions for 'nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers'.
McDonald’s have moved to correct the public record recently. Spokesperson Danya Proud told the Chicago Tribune that McDonald’s is “in discussions with the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain a waiver on premium payments”.
She also told the paper: “We employ a lot of people and our people are our top priority, and [that's] something we're not going to turn our back on. However if we are not granted this waiver, we are going to have to look for alternate solutions, and at the end of the day that plan may not be feasible without a waiver to provide for our employees at that level."
Steve Russell, senior vice president and chief people officer of McDonald's USA has also said that “regardless of how the regulations evolve over the next several months, McDonald's is committed to providing competitive pay and benefits, and the strongest employment opportunities possible.”