NLRB Moving Forward on Joint Employer

Despite calls for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to slow its engines on rolling back the definition of joint employer, the agency appears steadfast in its determination to undo the Obama-era expansion of joint employer applicability. NLRB Chairman John Ring rejected a formal request he received from two democratic members of Congress to rescind…

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NLRB Moves to Fix Joint Employer

It may have been a long time coming, but the National Labor Relations Board is again moving to correct the egregious 2015 ruling on the joint employer definition. Yesterday, the NLRB released a draft rule that rolls back the new definition of joint employer the agency created in its Browning Ferris decision back in 2015.…

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Joint Employer Impacting Hospitality Industry

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…

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Browning-Ferris Back in Court

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC has accepted the Browning-Ferris case for consideration again in the wake of the NLRB vacating its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors that overturned the new joint employer definition established by the NLRB under President Obama in the Browning-Ferris decision. After the original Hy-Brand decision, the court remanded…

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NLRB Asks For Court Review

Speaking of the NLRB, in the wake of it vacating its decision in the Hy-Brand case two weeks ago which restored the expansive definition of joint-employer, it has asked the DC Court of Appeals to resurrect its judicial review of the Browning-Ferris decision. You will recall that Browning-Ferris was working its way through the courts…

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Joint-Employer at Forefront Again

Earlier this week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed an earlier decision and reinstated the expanded Obama-era definition of joint employer. Prompted by a report from the NLRB Office of the Inspector General that found one of the members, William Emanuel, should not have participated in the decision, the 3 remaining members voted unanimously…

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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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NLRB Reverses Joint Employer

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board officially overturned its egregious joint-employer standard (imposed by the Obama NLRB in its Browning-Ferris decision in 2015) and restored the historical standard of “direct and immediate” control. Now with a 3-2 republican majority under President Trump, the NLRB ruled yesterday on a 3-2 party-line vote that the standard created…

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Joint Employer in the Crosshairs

The House’s  Workforce Protections subcommittee held a public hearing this week on the Save Local Business Act (HR.3441), a bill filed by Alabama republican Congressman Bradley Byrne and co-sponsored by 63 others even including a handful of democratic members. Notwithstanding the bipartisan support the bill has enjoyed, this memo from democratic congressional staff paints a…

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Joint Employer Not in the News

Well, maybe I should have said “not in the newsroom”. This week the US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC ruled that CNN did not qualify as a joint employer, overturning an earlier NLRB ruling.  The issue was raised by union technicians who brought suit against CNN and their subcontractor, Team Video Services when the…

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