And here is number four: On December 19, the NLRB's General Counsel announced the issuance of complaints against certain McDonald's franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald's USA, LLC, as joint employers. According to the General Counsel's office, the litigation will commence on March 30, 2015. As we have reported previously, the Board's aggressive posture in both the McDonald's case and the Browning Ferris case could have significant impact if the Board ultimately prevails on its "joint employer" theory.