NWRA further pushes clarifying joint-employer standard

NWRA further pushes clarifying joint-employer standard

The association recently filed comments with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.


The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in response to its proposed regulation to establish a standard for determinations of joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“NWRA appreciates WHD’s recognition that the current situation lacks the clarity and certainty that businesses require in order to comply. Safety is the top concern for NWRA and our members. We want every employee in our industry to make it home each day safely, free from injury or fatality,” says NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

“Companies that use contractors should not be put at risk of a joint employer finding if they require their contractors’ workers to follow safety rules generally applicable to anyone on the premises, regardless of their employment status,” Smith continues. “We believe that a clear delineation of employer responsibility will help ensure a safe workplace, whereas a blanket assumption of joint-employer status can result in confusing and conflicting directives that make employees less, not more, safe.”

NWRA previously submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in support of their proposed rule on the Definition of a Joint Employer on Nov. 28, 2018. That rule is still pending. NWRA asks WHD to adopt standards that are in alignment with the NLRB’s proposed rule.