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NRMCA Welcomes NLRB Decision on Joint-Employer Rule

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Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule for overhauling the “joint-employer” scheme, securing a less stringent application than the previous administration. Prior to the final rule, the joint-employer rule stemmed from an Obama Administration NLRB ruling in a case known as Browning-Ferris, which more closely ties infractions of franchisees to their franchisors. While the current Trump Administration’s NLRB had attempted to overturn Browning-Ferris in a case dubbed Hy-Brand, the NLRB inspector general issued a report noting that NLRB member William J. Emanuel, a Trump Administration appointee, handled related cases at his previous law firm and therefore should have recused himself from the Hy-Brand decision. That development subsequently moved the other Board members to withdraw the ruling in Hy-Brand which overturned the Browning-Ferris ruling; thus reinstating the more stringent Browning-Ferris joint-employer standard.

Today’s final rule managed to circumvent the previous contentious issues in favor of loosening the requirements for what constitutes a joint-employer. NRMCA has advocated ardently against the Browning-Ferris ruling and welcomes the NLRB’s new joint-employer final rule. For more on the new joint-employer definition and to review the final rule please click here. The final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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