Ranking Member Scott: Final Joint Employer Standard is “Good for Workers, Good for Law-abiding Businesses, and Good for our Economy”

WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Scott issued the following statement after the Biden administration announced a final rule to ensure that workers hired through subcontractors, temporary staffing agencies, and other intermediaries can hold all the entities with the power to control their working conditions accountable for their right to bargain collectively.

“Workers can only negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions if all companies with power to control their employment are required to be at the table. Unfortunately, Republican politicians and corporate interests have long worked to allow employers to abuse temporary staffing agencies, contractors, and franchisees and skirt their bargaining obligations and liability for unfair labor practices.”

“By addressing the test for establishing joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)and correctly returning it to common-law principles, the Biden administration’s final rule makes clear that low-road employers can no longer hide behind intermediaries to evade their responsibilities to workers.  Simply put, today’s announcement is good for workers, good for law-abiding businesses, and good for our economy.

“Moving forward, Congress must build on this critical progress by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The legislation would codify this rule and require that any company directly controlling, indirectly controlling, or maintaining the power to control a person’s working conditions must be subject to the NLRA rules regarding collective bargaining.”

In December 2022, then Chairman Scott led a letter with 52 House Democrats to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in support of its proposed joint employer rule.


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