FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 27, 2015
CONTACT: Bailey Dick, Bailey@jwj.org
Washington, D.C. –Today, the National Labor Relations Board announced a new standard for determining status when two or more businesses are joint employers of the same employees. Michael Wasser, Senior Policy Analyst at Jobs With Justice, said the following:
“This is a new standard that simply ensures that the spirit and letter of the National Labor Relations Act are realized in a time when work looks far different than when the law was passed.
In our current economy, the terms of employment and working conditions for more and more people are dictated and controlled by corporations that ultimately call the shots and benefit from employees’ work, but aren’t necessarily signing the paychecks.
Let’s be clear: Big corporations have long benefited from crafty arrangements that allow them to profit off of the work of the men and women who wear their logos and sell their products, all while shirking employment responsibilities. The NLRB’s decision to modernize the joint employment test will help better ensure that Americans can realize their right to meaningful negotiation with their real bosses in order to secure better wages and livelihoods.