US Department of Labor adopts standard for joint employment situations
On Jan. 20, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division released an Administrator's Interpretation addressing what it considers to be a growing concern: joint employment. As a result, you may be liable for wage violations for employees that you didn't know you had or think were yours. Joint employment describes a situation where an employee works for more than one employer at the same time. Consider, for example, an office that contracts with a staffing agency to fill a temporary position. While the employee might have been hired and paid by the staffing agency, she might report to management at the office, have her schedule set by the office, and wear the office's insignia on her uniform or name badge. In this way, she could be an employee of both the staffing agency and the office at the same time.
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