US: Gov starts investigation targeting no poaching agreements

Attorneys general in 10 states and the District of Columbia are launching an investigation of contracts at fast-food chains that prevent their workers from switching franchises, targeting a practice some economists say drags down wages for millions of Americans.

The group will send letters to eight fast-food companies — including Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread and Wendy’s — requesting information about “no-poaching” agreements that bar or restrict managers from hiring workers at another store in the same chain.

“No-poach agreements unfairly limit the freedom of fast-food and other low-wage workers to seek promotions and earn a better living,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D), whose office is leading the probe.

Full Content: Washington Post 

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