• National Labor Relations Board Expands Definition of Joint Employer under the National Labor Relations Act
  • September 18, 2015 | Authors: Lena-Kate Ahern; Geoffrey P. Wermuth
  • Law Firm: Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP - Quincy Office
  • In a decision issued August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) expanded the definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”), broadening the number of parties potentially subject to bargaining and fair labor practice obligations in relation to employees they may not directly employ. In this case, Browning-Ferris Industries of California (the “BFI”), the Board found that the owner and operator of a recycling facility (the “user” employer) was a joint employer with a firm that supplied employees to the facility (the “supplier” employer), despite the fact that only the supplier firm provided compensation to and direct supervision of those employees. This case has potentially broad implications for both user and supplier employers.