On Dec. 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned a highly controversial and AGC-opposed 2015 ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries and effectively returns the joint employment standard to the prior standard. AGC submitted an amicus brief with other associations supporting Browning-Ferris’s appeal of the 2015 decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The Board determined that, to be classified a “joint employer” of another company’s employees under the National Labor Relations Act, a business must have a direct and immediate control over the employees. The Board said the Democratic majority in Browning-Ferris overstepped its authority by altering the legal definitions of employment and by holding that a company could be a joint employer even if it had only indirect or reserved control over the employees in question.
Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra’s term officially ended on Dec. 23, leaving the Board currently comprised of two Republican and two Democratic members. Republicans will not regain their majority until a third Board member is nominated and confirmed. Until then, the Board is not expected to consider controversial cases.