Joint Employment

Definition - What does Joint Employment mean?

Joint employment exists when two or more employers simultaneously employ the same person. A key consideration for determining whether joint employment exists is whether or not the employers exercise significant and simultaneous control over the same employee.

Joint employment is often at issue in determining liability in business tort cases, in workers' compensation cases and in corporate limited liability cases.

Justipedia explains Joint Employment

Deciding who can be held responsible is a major determination in virtually every civil lawsuit. Deciding who to blame for tortious or negligent conduct is one of the most important strategic decisions that a plaintiff must make, because some entities have a greater ability to pay large sums of monetary damages.

Through a joint employment theory, plaintiffs may seek to hold more employers responsible for the acts of their employees, and therefore increase the chances of being paid.

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