NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard

Filed in Codes and Standards, Labor, Legal by on December 15, 2017 2 Comments

In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday’s 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald lauded the NLRB decision and explained how it would ensure a level playing field for all small businesses.

“The Browning-Ferris decision made the standard for joint employment so broad and vague that an employer could be held liable for the labor and employment practices of independent contractors and subcontractors over which they have no direct control,” MacDonald said.

“By rescinding the Browning-Ferris standard, the NLRB has restored the traditional definition of joint employment in which a company must exercise ‘direct and immediate control’ over a worker in a business-to-business relationship. Home building firms and other small businesses who work closely with subcontractors and third-party vendors will now have more certainty and clarity regarding their employment decisions. The NLRB action restores the sensible criteria that has worked so well for the economy for more than 30 years.”

NAHB will also continue to urge the Senate to swiftly approve the Save Local Business Act, bipartisan legislation that has already been passed by the House. This will provide a more permanent legislative fix that codifies this standard under both the National Labor Relations and Fair Labor Standards acts.

For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407.

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  1. Dale Gruber says:

    Thanks for all the work you are doing to provide opportunity and clarity in the building industry

  2. John McGill says:

    Great news!

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