Understanding Joint Employers
The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has put a lot of focus on making sure workers in fissured (or joint-employer) workplaces are protected. This is a situation where there is a potential for multiple employers benefiting from the work of the employee. The agency has always made it a point to make joint employers part of their many investigations each year. This is done in an effort to protect the rights of workers and make sure fair labor standards are enforced.
Joint employment means that one worker is employed by multiple employers. The employers hold individual or joint responsibility to make sure the worker is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This act, along with the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, allow employees to work for two employers who each have to ensure compliance.
As these situations continue to grow, it is important that employment relationships remain strong and within compliance of the various acts to make sure workers’ rights are protected. This includes making sure that both employers are paying the employee working jointly the fair pay they deserve. Overtime wages are also a part of this.
Our employment law attorneys at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC understand the FLSA and the way in which employees should be treated. Joint employers have the responsibility to make sure their employees receive proper wages owed to them for the hours they work whether this includes overtime or weekends.
If you were not paid wages for hours you worked, you may be able to file a claim against the employer to recover the money you earned. It is crucial to speak with an attorney who is dedicated to protecting employers and understands the process of filing a claim for wage and hour violations.
Call Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC today and learn more about your possible options.