Rep. Takano Statement on Joint Employer Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement in response to legislation introduced in the House to redefine the joint employer standard. 

“The joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act prevents employers from outsourcing accountability for complying with workplace laws. The legislation introduced today weakens that standard and it weakens American workers’ ability to hold employers responsible for wage theft, unfair labor practices, and other violations of workplace rights.

“If a company maintains its right to control how much a worker earns, how many hours they work, and whether they can organize, then it also must maintain its responsibility for complying with the laws that protect workers. This legislation was not written in the best interest of American workers. It was written in the best interest of companies that want to evade legal liability for workers’ rights, while collecting the profits that those workers produce.”

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