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McDonald's to Open on Christmas, Won't Pay Employees Overtime

| by Michael Allen

McDonald’s is encouraging its franchises to open on Christmas, but without paying overtime to workers, reports Ad Age.

McDonald’s Chief Operating Officer Jim Johannesen sent a memo to franchises on Nov. 8, which said, in part: "Ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays. Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day. Last year, [company-operated] restaurants that opened on Christmas averaged $5,500 in sales.”

Another memo sent on December 12 told franchises that $36 million in additional sales were made by opening on Thanksgiving.

McDonald’s spokesperson Heather Oldani told Ad Age: “Our restaurants will be open to serve our customers when and how they need over the holidays. When our company-owned restaurants are open on the holidays, the staff voluntarily sign up to work. There is no regular overtime pay.”