October 6, 2017 | SHRM

SHRM quotes Ron Taylor on legislation that redefines "joint employer"

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Ron Taylor was quoted in a SHRM article on October 6, 2017, about how the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on October 4, 2017, passed legislation by a vote of 23 to 17 along party lines that would redefine the term "joint employer" under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The bill, called the Save Local Business Act, would clarify that two or more employers must have direct control over employees to be considered joint employers. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., introduced the legislation in response to the National Labor Relations Board's 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries that two or more entities may be joint employers even if one exercises only indirect or potential control. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives.

For now employers should look at the control they have over the employment of other entities to ascertain whether they might be considered joint employers, recommended Taylor.