The National Labor Relations Board recently discarded its longstanding “joint-employer” test and adopted a new, far looser standard that many believe makes it much easier to establish a joint-employer relationship and expand unionization. Before, an employer had to exercise direct and immediate control over the terms and conditions of employment to be deemed a joint employer. Now, the Board may find that two or more entities are joint employers of a single work force simply if they each have the ability to control the terms and conditions of employment, regardless of whether the entity has, in fact, exercised that control. This new standard could give unions increased leverage and impact employers in almost every industry, especially those with contracting and franchising relationships.