NLRB Issues Final Joint-Employer Rule


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its final rule altering the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. The rule replaces the Board’s 2020 final rule, which had addressed the damaging standard adopted by the Obama-era Board in Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) legal case. TRSA is reviewing the rulemaking and will provide more details once processed.

NY State Assembly Member Engages with TRSA Members, Tours Unitex


New York State Assembly Member Amanda Septimo (D-84th District) spoke with TRSA members during TRSA’s New York Regional CEO Roundtable; meeting in her district to discuss AB 6995, the Healthcare Worker Safety and Sustainability Act, which she and State Sen. Cordell Cleare have introduced. The bill would amend the New York State public health law and require healthcare facilities to maintain a 50% operating threshold of specific reusable healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE) textiles.

Litigation Concerns Mount for All in PFAS Supply Chain


While concern abounds among linen and uniform service operators about becoming subjected to onerous regulation of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) discharges in wastewater, an Oct. 11 Advanced Textiles Association webinar indicated laundries could be snagged in other legal webs as regulators learn more about how PFAS has afflicted consumers.

Industry Associations Share Expertise and Insights


The Coin Laundry Association (CLA), the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) and TRSA recently gathered industry organizations via Zoom to discuss current regulatory issues impacting their various members such as microfiber/microplastics filtration, single-use plastics, PFAS and extended provider responsibility legislation.

‘Do the Right Thing’: Recycling ‘Down Under’


Amid regulatory pressures in states such as Massachusetts to divert ragged-out textiles – particularly cotton-polyester garments – from landfills, Alsco Uniforms – Australia is partnering with an Aussie firm that’s pioneered a process that breaks out polyester for reuse in plastic products. What’s more, cellulose from the cotton serves as a component for a hydromulch that’s sprayed on areas cleared of plant life for building projects in order to grow new vegetation.

PFAS: View the Online Toolkit for the Latest Regulatory News


Nonprofit groups working to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) acknowledged for threatening human health are advancing their cause through website compilations that highlight such risks. Two such compilations have been added to the TRSA PFAS Toolkit on

TRSA Tours Innovative Ecolab Campus


TRSA staff recently visited the Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company complex in Naperville, IL, to discuss the company’s sustainability initiatives on behalf of the linen, uniform and facility services industry. The meeting included a tour of the Nalco Water University as well as the Research, Development & Engineering areas of the facility.