Businesses On Notice After DOL Joint Employer Guidance

By Aaron Vehling (January 20, 2016, 9:57 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Labor turned up the heat on employers Wednesday with guidance that spells out which business relationships could lead to joint liability for federal wage-and-hour law violations, a move that serves as a warning to employers that they should take a close look at their business relationships.

DOL Wage and Hour Division head David Weil released guidelines on Wednesday for when companies are considered joint employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. This is the latest foray a federal agency has taken into the joint employer debate.

Weil's so-called...

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