A U.S. House of Representatives' committee voted along party lines Wednesday to advance a bill that would roll back the recent expansion of the definition of joint employment under two federal labor and employment laws.

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Republicans lawmakers on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the bill 23-17 after two hours of contentious debate in which they said uncertainty caused by revised definitions of joint employment threatened nearly 2 million jobs. Companies that are deemed joint employers can be held liable for the labor violations of their contractors or franchisees and be required to bargain with unions.

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