The Hill reports that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is widely expected to deliver a “game changing” decision by month’s end that Browning-Ferris Industries, a Houston-based waste-disposal company, is the joint employer of workers provided to the firm by a staffing agency. As a result, the company would be required to collectively bargain with those employees and could be held liable for any labor violations committed against them. If the decision does come down this way, it could affect companies from a host of industries, including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction, financial service providers, cleaning services and security. At issue in the case is whether Browning-Ferris is responsible for the treatment of its contractor’s employees. The company hired Phoenix-based Leadpoint Business Services to staff a recycling facility in California. A regional NLRB director initially ruled in favor of Browning-Ferris, which opposes the joint-employer designation. But the Teamsters union, which is representing the workers, is appealing the case to the National Labor Relations Board.
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