Broader 'joint employer' standard upheld by NLRB

Broader 'joint employer' standard upheld by NLRB

Long-awaited ruling will impact labor case against McDonald’s

In a long-awaited ruling, the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday upheld a controversial shift in the standard for determining “joint employer” status in a closely watched case that is expected to reverberate through the franchising world.

The case involved Houston-based waste management firm Browning-Ferris Industries, or BFI, and a union that attempted to organize subcontracted workers at one of the firm’s recycling facilities. In the case, NLRB general counsel Richard

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