Fix joint em­ployer is­sue

Tampa Bay Times - - Opinion -

From the charm­ing down­town of Tar­pon Springs to the award-win­ning beaches of St. Pete Beach, it’s no sur­prise that Pinel­las County is one of the top tourist des­ti­na­tions along the Gulf Coast. With more

than 15 mil­lion vis­i­tors each year that cre­ate more than $10 bil­lion in eco­nomic im­pact, the tourism in­dus­try is the back­bone of the re­gion’s econ­omy.

How­ever, a 2015 de­ci­sion by the Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board that ex­panded what it means to be a “joint em­ployer” has the same busi­nesses that help make Pinel­las County en­joy­able for tourists and eco­nom­i­cally sta­ble for res­i­dents in a state of con­fu­sion.

Part of what makes our tourism in­dus­try so suc­cess­ful is the abil­ity of our busi­ness own­ers to con­tract with other com­pa­nies out­side their ar­eas of ex­per­tise. For in­stance, if a restau­rant’s dish­washer breaks, the owner will bring in a me­chanic

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