In The Crosshairs!

With the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officially rescinding the joint employer standard developed during the Trump administration – a new standard becomes effective next Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – one would think the issue was off the radar. That is not the case however, as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed suit in…

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CFA Lobby Day

We’re just over two weeks away from the 2021 Coalition of Franchisee Association Lobby Day and your participation has never been so important. As evidenced by the news items already detailed above, having franchise owners like yourself personally explain to members of Congress the impact of such issues as joint employer, replenishing the RRF and…

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Joint Employer Reversal Coming

More egregious NLRB changes may still be in the on-deck circle, but DOL changes to the Trump-era definition of joint-employer are well on the way to reality. In fact, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is currently reviewing a new final rule proposed back in March by the Department of Labor Wage…

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Court Rejects Joint-Employer Delay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit denied a request by the Department of Labor under President Biden to delay for 6 months, the filing of a DOL brief seeking to overturn the Trump administration rule on the joint employer issue. In the wake of the decision, DOL must still file its brief…

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Court Tosses Part of Joint Employer Rule

On Tuesday of this week, Judge Gregory Woods of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that portions of the Department of Labor (DOL) regulation on the issue was “arbitrary and capricious” and in conflict with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). New York v. Scalia, in which 17 different…

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Biz Help Gets Court OK on Joint Employer

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…

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Colorado Resurrecting Obama-era Joint Employer

It’s an issue that’s seemingly been resolved more times than one can count since President Trump took office in 2017, but joint employer is still rearing its ugly head periodically – and this time at the state level. The effort in Colorado to codify the egregious joint employer standard from the Obama-era NLRB almost completely…

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Joint Employer Finalized, or Not!

It’s hard to fathom that the joint employer question/issue, first created under the Obama administration with the NLRB Browning-Ferris decision back in 2015, is still unresolved all these years later. As we advised last week, the NLRB and the Department of Labor have both issued a “final rule” re-establishing the historical definition of joint employer.…

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Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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DOL Finalizes Joint Employer

Notwithstanding the above and possible re-opening of the issue, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final version of the long-awaited joint employer rule. The final rule now employs a four-part test to determine joint employer status that includes whether a franchise: 1) maintains power to hire and fire; 2) supervise schedules and…

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