The National Labor Relations Board has changed its joint-employer rule, making it easier for entities doing business with each other to be deemed joint employers. The new rule goes further than any earlier joint-employer standard in two ways: (1) by making clear that indirect (or even unexercised) control is sufficient to prove joint-employer status, and (2) by dropping the requirement that there be enough control to permit meaningful collective bargaining. Businesses need to begin preparing for the new rule by mapping each business relationship for potential joint-employment exposure.

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