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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner John Ring testifies at his confirmation hearing to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board on March 1. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ)

The Republican-led National Labor Relations Board is moving forward with a business-friendly proposal that would limit the scope of “joint employment” between companies, eliminating the liability one employer might have for unfair labor practices at a franchise or contractor.

The proposal to amend the agency’s joint-employer standard was expected as Chairman John Ring, the former Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner, announced his intent weeks ago to begin rulemaking on how to define relationships between companies, franchises, contractors and others. Companies found to be joint employers can be jointly liable for labor violations committed by the other.

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