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White House Working to Address Joint Employer Issue, Pence Says

July 18, 2017, 3:17 PM

The Trump administration is working to unwind the controversial expansion of joint employer liability for businesses in franchise and other affiliated relationships, Vice President Mike Pence told a retail industry lobbying group July 18.

Business advocates and mostly Republican lawmakers have been trying to undo the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 Browning-Ferris decision, in which the board said a company may be considered a joint employer of another business’s workers even if it exerts only indirect control over them. Critics say the decision—and moves to broaden joint employer liability under other federal and state laws—could change the way companies ...