At long last, the public comment period for the new joint employer regulation has finally closed. The regulation, which was first published in the federal register last September 18, was initially open for public comment only through November 18. Since that time however, the closing deadline was postponed twice until January 12, and then, caught up in the government shutdown, extended again until this past Monday, January 28. The proposed rule would roll back an Obama-era decision in 2015 (Browning-Ferris) that made it easier to hold companies liable for labor violations committed by their franchisees and contractors. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott along with Senator Patty Murray jointly sent a 16-page letter to the NLRB urging the agency to uphold the new joint employer definition. On the other side, former republican House Committee Chairman Virginia Foxx responded with her own 3-page endorsement of the pending new joint employer regulation. Responses to submitted public comments will remain open for another 2 weeks, scheduled to close for good on February 11.