Bloomberg Law
Sept. 17, 2019, 5:22 PM

Democrats Sharpen Legal Attack on Labor Board Rule Outsourcing

Hassan A. Kanu
Hassan A. Kanu
Legal Reporter

Democratic leaders on a House labor panel are accusing the National Labor Relations Board of flouting federal laws that govern administrative policy making in its push to establish a more business-friendly “joint employer” policy.

The board is currently relying on a private-sector contractor to help review public comments on a proposed rule that would limit liability for franchisers and companies that use contractor labor. That poses a conflict of interest problem, according to Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), because the contractor, Ardelle Associates, Inc., belongs to a pair of trade associations urging the board to adopt the ...

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