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


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.”


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