Kutak Rock attorneys Michaelle Baumert and Christopher Bikus have published an article concerning the NLRB's Browning-Ferris decision. The article appears as a feature in the January/February 2016 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine.
In the article, Baumert and Bikus explain that the decision essentially creates new standards by which the NLRB determines a joint employment issue. Under the new standard, businesses need only have indirect control or the potential to affect compensation and working conditions of workers in order to be considered their “joint employer” for National Labor Relations Act purposes. Baumert and Bikus emphasize that the new parameters directly and immediately affect staffing agency subcontracting relationships, other close business relationships between entities and, potentially, the relationships between franchisors and franchisees.
To read the article, please click on the link below.
Baumert's work with Kutak Rock focuses on employment law, class action, franchise vicarious liability, and traditional labor. She provides counseling and assistance to employers regarding the full spectrum of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, disability leave management, reductions in force, policy drafting, employment contracts and severance agreements, and workplace investigations.
Bikus represents domestic and international clients in connection with a range of intellectual property matters involving trademarks, trade dress, domain names, copyrights, product labeling, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters including oppositions and cancellation actions.