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New NLRB rule undermines American workers

Author Karla Walter explains how a new National Labor Relations Board rule threatens to to undermine joint-employer liability safeguards.

When workers come together to stand up for their rights — including decent pay and benefits, a safe workplace free from harassment and discrimination, and the ability to bargain over work conditions — the government should be on their side and hold accountable corporations with the power to fix problems and raise standards. Yet, the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency charged with policing U.S. workplace relations, is preparing changes that threaten the power of workers to exert these rights.

The board recently published a draft rule to undermine “joint-employer liability” safeguards which recognize that the company that signs a worker’s paycheck may not be the company that controls workplace conditions. While the NLRB was forced to vacate a previous effort to weaken these standards due to one member’s conflict of interest, Trump’s NLRB appointees have not given up on this effort.

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Karla Walter

Senior Fellow, Inclusive Economy