NLRB Expands Joint-Employer Definition

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The Affordable Care Act has been a hot topic this year. In theory, large corporations (as defined by the ACA) have not only decided how they are going to handle ACA reporting, but are also well into the tracking and reporting process.  In reality, many are still scrambling to decide how they are going to handle the ACA.

In a major decision Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that companies may be considered joint-employers with their contractors and franchisees. The ruling will increase the potential responsibility of certain companies, such as staffing agencies and franchisors, and may make union involvement with those companies more likely. The full ramifications of this ruling are not yet known—for example, any effect on determining employee count for FMLA and ACA purposes—but we will be closely following this matter and posting updates here on our blog as more information becomes available.

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