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Joint Employment 101: Issues for Payroll


The Obama administration generally took the position that employees of subcontractors or franchisees also are employees of contractors or franchisers in many cases. While the Trump administration is likely to move to reverse this approach, courts have weighed in on the issue and a number of states have taken action to address joint employment status, so the issue is not going to go away.

What are the criteria used for determining joint employment? How can larger organizations be deemed liable for wage and hour and other labor violations made by their franchisees or subcontractors?

This webinar will:

  • Discuss the controversy surrounding the issue of one employee possibly having two or more potential employers while working a single job
  • Cover the separate definitions of joint employer under federal tax and labor lawsReview the differences between circuit courts in defining joint employment under labor laws
  • Report on changes and potential changes the new administration may make regarding this issue

Educational Objectives:

  • Learn how your organization may inadvertently be a joint employer Identify the factors used by tax and labor law to distinguish types of joint employment
  • Understand how joint employment has become a political issue
  • Know the status of efforts to better classify joint employers

Who would benefit most from attending this course?
Payroll professionals and HR professionals.


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Michael T. Baer
  • Managing Editor
  • Bloomberg Tax

Michael Baer, the managing editor of Bloomberg Tax's Payroll publications, has been with Bloomberg BNA since 1990 and has spent his entire time there covering payroll and HR issues. In 1998, he received recognition as a Special Friend to the payroll community from the American Payroll Association. Prior to joining Bloomberg BNA, Mr. Baer gained experience in payroll and human resources with Marriott, and later was the personnel manager for the Shanghai Hilton.Mr.Baer became a Certified Payroll Professional in 1991. He earned his M.A. in International Affairs from the American University s School of International Service and his B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

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