Host employer, staffing agency are 'joint employers'

On April 13, 2013, OSHA launched its Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) in an effort to ensure the safety of temporary workers. In July, it updated this policy stepping up its enforcement efforts in this area.

The July memorandum clarifies the responsibilities of hosts employers and agencies providing laborers, pointing out that the staffing agency and host employer are 'joint employers' of the worker. This joint responsibility makes each responsible for compliance with safety requirements.

Read the memorandum here.