California Fast Food Franchisees Forced to Cut Employees' Hours due to $20 Minimum Wage

California Fast Food Franchisees Forced to Cut Employees’ Hours due to $20 Minimum Wage


California fast food franchise owners are being forced to cut their employees’ hours following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) $20 minimum wage law, which went into effect in April.

Lawrence Cheng, whose family owns several Wendy’s restaurants in southern California, has had to fill in behind the register to make up for the dramatic cuts, he told the Associated Press. 

While he used to have “nearly a dozen employees” working the afternoon shift at his Fountain Valley location, he is reportedly down to just seven per shift.

“We kind of just cut where we can,” Cheng told the outlet. “I schedule one less person, and then I come in for that time that I didn’t schedule and I work that hour.”

Before Newsom’s mandate,

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