NWRA Urges Support for Legislation Clarifying Joint-Employer Status

NWRA Urges Support for Legislation Clarifying Joint-Employer Status

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) joined other organizations on a letter to Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Congressman James Comer (R-KY) in support of the Save Local Business Act. The bill would codify a “direct” control joint-employer standard in both the Fair Labor Standards Act and National Labor Relations Act.

“The waste and recycling industry agrees with the need for a consistent standard to guide businesses in confidently deciding whether to enter into arrangements intended to constitute contractor relationships,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We believe that a clear delineation of employer responsibility will help ensure a safe workplace, whereas a blanket assumption of joint-employer status can result in confusing and conflicting directives that make employees less, not more, safe.”

This issue of joint-employer status stems from the 2015 Browning-Ferris decision by the National Labor Relations Board that had put users of contractors at risk of a joint-employer finding if they required their contractors’ workers to follow safety rules generally applicable to anyone on the premises, regardless of their employment status.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association