Maryland AG joins coalition opposing National Labor Relations Act proposed changes

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2019

BALTIMORE — Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh is the latest to join a coalition fighting the federal government's proposal to alter the "joint employer standard" in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) arguing the move would hinder workers' rights in fighting labor violations. 

In a letter, the coalition said the National Labor Relations Board's efforts to narrow the definition of joint employer, which is contained in the NLRA and relates to an employer's liability in circumstances such as franchising and subcontracting, would affect workers' legal protections. 

“This proposed rule falls short of providing employees fundamental legal protection in the workplace,” Frosh said in a statement. “Our government should support strong employee protections. Instead this proposed rule would hinder and weaken employees’ rights and make it difficult to hold companies accountable for unfair labor practices.”

The coalition also includes Attorneys General from California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. 

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