Joint Employment, Liability, and the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality Trendz April 2017

Jeffrey H. Ruzal, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, authored an article in Hospitality Trendz, titled “Joint Employment, Liability, and the Hospitality Industry.”

Following is an excerpt:

Hotel owners, beware. You may now be held responsible for the actions of your vendors or their employees. Under a legal standard known as “joint employer liability,” the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have stated that employers (or owners) that utilize employees or independent contractors of third-party employers, i.e. vendors, may be considered “joint employers” of those workers for purposes- of compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as other employment laws, rules, and regulations.

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