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Companies are on the hook for contractors' labor policies, NLRB says

Companies are on the hook for contractors' labor policies, NLRB says

A labor dispute at a Silicon Valley recycling center could dramatically change who corporate America counts as an employee. The National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that companies using workers hired by another business — such as staffing agencies, contractors or even fast-food franchises — are still on the hook for labor violations and could be required to bargain with unions representing those employees. The NLRB's 3-2 ruling was handed down in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries, a Houston waste management company that used a subcontractor, Leadpoint Business Services, to staff its recycling center in Milpitas, Calif. The ruling determined that...

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