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Issued January 20, 2016

SEIU’s Henry: Administrative interpretation is common sense

WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Labor’s issuance of new guidance relating to joint employers, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:

“SEIU supports today's important step forward by the Department of Labor to make sure that our nation's employment protections are keeping pace with the realities of today's workplaces. Our members support the Department of Labor's administrative interpretation for determining joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

“The way that Americans work is changing. A growing number of people are working for more than one employer at their workplace. It's important that job protections and guidelines also change to ensure that working people are paid for the work that they do. That's why it is common sense that they should be paid overtime wages when they work more than 40 hours between those joint employers.

“We need commonsense rules that help working moms and dads provide for their families.”