In a new study recently released by the American Action Forum, the expanded definition of joint-employer is being blamed in large part for what appears to be a slowing in hotel industry growth and employment. In the wake of the 2015 Browning-Ferris decision, by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the annual franchise employment rate in hotels fell by 1.4 percentage points, while real wages and real weekly earnings within the industry plateaued, and growth in total wage earnings declined by 3.9 percentage points. Despite the newsworthy results, the study’s researchers cautioned their conclusions rely on only one year of data and consequently may be subject to revision as more historical data post-Browning is collected. We still await either Congressional action to reverse the Browning decision (unlikely with the current Senate makeup) or a proposed new rule written by the NLRB reversing the decision.