McDonald’s Corp. will survey its US franchisees about their child-labor practices — a step toward tightening compliance following a series of violations by restaurant operators.

The US Department of Labor fined franchisees in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas this year after the agency found minors operating dangerous equipment and working longer-than-allowed hours. In one case, a 15-year-old suffered hot oil burns while using a deep fryer that didn’t have the required

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