Should Companies Have Responsibility for Contract Workers?

September 16, 2015

A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board makes companies responsible for contractors and franchisees.

Four experts weigh in on this new ruling in The New York Time’s “Room for Debate” and give their opinions. “An impractical and dangerous ruling,” writes employment lawyer Marshal B. Babson. “It is virtually impossible to tell which employers in this line-up are ‘indirect’ employers now.”

Another expert, Tamara L. Lee, a professor of labor studies, says the ruling is “a fair decision that reflects globalization and technology,” because it allows workers to “maintain their right to organize in a labor market transformed by new, informal relationships.”

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