The Department of Labor this week released a new interpretation on the joint employer issue that franchisees need to be aware of.  David Weil, Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the individual most responsible for the application of joint employer as it relates wage and overtime protections released the guidance and then used his DOL blog to further “sell” his position.  The DOL Wage and Hour Division is responsible for worker protections regarding wages, while the National Labor Relations Board is the administrative agency charged with worker protections centered on unionizing and organized labor activities, a distinction which seems to cause a good deal of confusion over “joint-employer” status and its direct impact on businesses.   Any confusion is sure to be exacerbated by DOL now jumping directly into the fray as NLRB court cases (NLRB v McDonalds and others) move forward.