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AG Reyes Joins in Opposing Changes to Joint Employer Standard

Attorney General Reyes Joins Five Attorney Generals in Opposing Proposed Changes to Joint Employer Standard

Overturning Current Standard Would Harm Businesses & Lead to Fewer Jobs

SALT LAKE CITY August 11, 2015 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes today joined Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel and the Attorneys General of four other States in a letter urging the National Labor Relations Board not to change its legal standard for determining joint-employer status.  The joint-employer theory implicates commercial relationships between two or more businesses – such as a franchisor and a franchisee – and suggests that in certain circumstances, such a commercial relationship necessarily makes employees of one business also employees of the other.

“The current joint-employer standard has worked well for over 30 years, providing the needed stability for countless commercial agreements in Utah and throughout the country,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes.  “Changing this standard now – particularly without any demonstrated need – threatens to undermine this stability, negatively affecting the flow of commerce and leading to fewer jobs.  The NLRB should leave its existing standard in place and eliminate this unnecessary hurdle to Utah’s continued economic growth.”

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