The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) released this statement on Feb. 28 by NUCA President and CEO Doug Carlson in response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issuance of its Final Rule on the joint-employer standard found in the National Labor Relations Act:
“The American utility contractor industry applauds the Board’s Final Rule. The new rule reduces the risk of litigation and liability for our member’s businesses that rely on franchisees and subcontracted workers.
“The clear understanding of how these standards will be interpreted by NLRB provides our member’s businesses with much needed stability. We’ll now await the final decision of other federal agencies such as the EEOC also tasked with defining this standard, and we are optimistic they will find a similar need to help employers remain accountable while still finding protection from wrongful liability.”
Founded in 1964, the National Utility Contractors Association represents over 1,700 U.S. utility and excavation contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers who provide the materials and workforce to build and maintain our nation’s network of water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, and electric infrastructure.