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New, Even Broader, Joint Employer Test Adopted

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers may think the concept of joint employer being pushed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is overly broad, but a recent decision by a federal appellate court in Richmond, Virginia adopts the most expansive...more

Expanded Joint Employer Standard Under Attack; What Employers Should Do in the Meantime

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It appears that the days of expanded joint employer liability may be numbered, as the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) 2015 Browning-Ferris decision comes under attack on multiple fronts....more

Desco Industries Will Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Manufacturer Terminated Employee for Complaining About Race Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Desco Industries, Inc., a California corporation doing business in Sanford, N.C., will pay $45,000 to...more

Employer Defeats Novel TCPA Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a first-of-its kind ruling, an employer recently secured the dismissal with prejudice of what is believed to be one of the first Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions ever brought against a...more

Keys To Successor Liability: EEOC Discrimination Suit In Alabama

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An Alabama district court granted a temporary staffing company’s motion to dismiss all claims in one of the EEOC’s most high-profile lawsuits asserting hiring discrimination and abuse of vulnerable workers....more

Employer Liability for Injuries Sustained by Temporary Agency Workers

The use of temporary employees provided by agencies that supply laborers, secretaries, nurses or other skilled or unskilled workers to the public and private sector is increasing. Employers who use these temporary agency...more

D.C. Circuit Questions Validity of the NLRB’s Joint Employer Standard

In 2015, we discussed the new joint-employer standard that was articulated by the National Labor Relations Board in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. As a reminder, the NLRB held that a joint-employer...more

Oral Arguments Held in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB

by Littler on

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held long-awaited oral arguments in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB. The case will be critical in defining joint employment...more

Third Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Class Arbitration Where Employment Agreement Was Silent On Whether Arbitration Could Proceed On...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs, former staffing managers of defendants’ international staffing agency, alleged that defendants misclassified them as overtime-exempt employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Following earlier...more

United Staffing Associates Voluntarily Settles EEOC Discrimination Charge for $24,500 and Other Relief

Employee Alleged Staffing Agency Failed to Reinstate Her After She Complained About Discrimination - FRESNO, Calif. - United Staffing Associates, LLC, a Visalia, Calif.-based staffing agency, will pay $24,500 and provide...more

Think Your Temp Is Just a Temp? Think Again, He Could Be Your Employee!

It may surprise you to know that regardless of what you call a temporary or leased worker, he may be an employee under the law. So, what about the temp agency that provided the worker? Well, the temp agency may be an employer...more

A Contingency Plan For A Contingent Workforce: Ensuring Workplace Protections For Staffing Agency Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Many companies engage staffing agencies to supply temporary, or even permanent, workers to support their operations. Such arrangements offer a variety of benefits, allowing employers to nimbly adjust the size of their...more

Be Aware of Possible Joint Employer Status with Franchisor

The franchise model is built upon the idea that a franchisee pays for the right to use a franchisor’s brand, marketing and goodwill in launching and operating the franchisee’s business. The franchisee is generally responsible...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

by Cozen O'Connor on

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 4 | Winter 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued making life more difficult for employers in 2016. The agency issued a host of decisions that significantly expand the number and type of individuals that unions can seek to...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Staffing Agency Nurse to be Hospital Employee for Purposes of Liability Insurance

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Is a nurse employed by a staffing agency and temporarily assigned to work at a hospital considered an “employee” of the hospital and therefore entitled to coverage under the hospital’s liability insurance policy?...more

N.Y. Appellate Court Scopes Out Liability: Using Criminal Convictions in Employment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals’ ruling on questions regarding the use of criminal convictions in hiring will impact employers and may impact the background screening industry, the temporary staffing...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Joint Employer Rule: Is Guidance on the Way?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we have previously discussed, in its 2015 “Browning Ferris” decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set a new standard for determining whether two entities are joint employers under federal labor law. Since...more

EEOC Sues East Coast Labor Solutions for Disability and National Origin Discrimination

Staffing Agency Discriminated Against Latino Workers Who Were Recruited With Promise of Good Pay, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama temporary staffing firm violated federal law by subjecting Latino...more

Joint / Related / Common Employers: Are You at Risk

by Dickinson Wright on

In recent years, a number of cases have emerged in both Canada and the United States discussing new implications for companies deemed to be joint and related employers. Cases both from the United States and across Canada will...more

Are you a joint employer?

by McAfee & Taft on

Are you an employer who uses temporary employees, staffing agencies or independent contractors? Use of such contingent or contract workers is not unusual and may be necessary for your operations. If you are in that...more

Agency personnel in the healthcare sector: who is the real employer?

by Dentons on

In recent years, the Québec Tribunal administratif du travail (the “TAT”) (formerly the Commission des relations du travail) has frequently been called on to address the legal implications involved in the hiring of temporary...more

EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan Takes Aim at Gig Economy, Other Emerging Workforce Issues

by Littler on

On October 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP...more

Union Election Ordered After NLRB's Joint-Employer Ruling Regarding Construction Company And The Temporary Staffing Agency Which...

by Laner Muchin, Ltd. on

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) followed its controversial August 2015 joint employer ruling known as Browning-Ferris, in which the NLRB expanded its standard on joint employers to include...more

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