A half-dozen business advocacy groups got the judicial OK this week to intervene in defending the Department of Labor (DOL) joint employer definition and the regulatory test pertaining thereto.  A federal judge sitting on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the request of the US Chamber of Commerce, the International Franchise Association (IFA), the National Retail Federation (NRF), American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the HR Policy Association (HRPA) to advocate for the preservation of the regulation and defend the DOL position. The six filed a motion to intervene early last month in a lawsuit filed by 18 democratic-led states across the country. Their lawsuit challenges the current definition and asks the court to vacate the current rule and reinstate an Obama-era definition adopted back in 2015 that was far more expansive and worker-oriented.