The National Labor Relations Board has extended the deadline for submitting comments regarding its proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act to December 13, 2018.

The proposed rule was originally published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2018, and comments were due by November 13, 2018. Replies to comments submitted during the initial comment period must be received by the Board on or before December 20, 2018.

Companies that use or provide temporary or supplemental staffing services are strongly encouraged to submit comments to the Board for consideration. Companies that regularly work with franchisors and franchisees or with subcontractors also may want to comment, as the proposed changes may affect them directly.

This public-comment period is an important opportunity for companies to submit input and concerns and increase the possibility of a well-informed, comprehensive final rule that will provide clear guidance to and limit the risk of litigation for employers.