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Agreement to protect some food service jobs in San Antonio

Monday, July 31st, 2017

An agreement between he U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Sonic Industries Services Inc. may go to help food service jobs in San Antonio.

The Labor Department and the franchisor of the SONIC Drive-In restaurant chain – have signed a voluntary agreement to help SONIC’s independently owned and operated franchise locations comply with federal labor laws.

As part of the agreement, the Oklahoma City-based franchisor will provide a forum and the resources needed to assist the division in educating SONIC Drive-In owners, managers, and employees nationwide.

“We encourage other franchisors to follow SONIC’s example and take similar steps to benefit their franchises’ employees and owners by complying with the law,” said Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator for Program Operations, Patricia Davidson. “Abiding by the law makes better business sense than facing the prospect of paying back wages, damages, and penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”

The Division will provide easy-to-use compliance assistance tools designed for the franchise restaurant industry. The package will include video and online training, educational articles for use in internal company publications, and sample training materials for use in company staff meetings. The Division will also make representatives available to provide training and compliance assistance to SONIC franchisees, and the Division and SONIC will collaborate using publicly available data to promote franchisee compliance with the FLSA.

SONIC Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain, serving approximately 3 million customers daily. Nearly 94 percent of its 3,500 drive-in locations are locally owned and operated.