On Oct. 27, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule that establishes new criteria to determine joint-employer status. Joint employment situations can happen when two or more employers share personnel hiring, supervision and management practices. When a joint employment status exists, joint employers are equally responsible for compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The final rule becomes effective 60 days after publication, on Dec. 26, 2023. This final rule applies to labor issues related to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and focuses on the amount of control an employer exerts over the employment relationship.

Whether joint employment is by design or unintentional, joint employers are equally:

  • Liable for unfair labor practices committed by other joint employers;
  • Required to bargain with the union that represents jointly employed workers; and
  • Subject to union picketing or other economic pressure if there is a labor dispute.
Action Steps

Employers, particularly contractors and subcontractors, should become familiar with the new rule and determine whether a more inclusive joint-employer standard would reclassify them as joint employers in their operations by the rule’s effective date. Employers affected by the new standard should also take precautionary steps to ensure other joint employers comply with regulations regarding labor and employment laws for joint employees.

For a copy of this notice, click here: Overview of the NLRB 2023 Joint Employer Standard

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