What is the most vexing legal issue today facing companies that rely on independent contractors to perform essential services? Treating the engaging firm as the “joint employer” of their contractors’ workers. Joint employment legal risks extend to all companies that license their brand to independent licensees, distributors, dealers, or franchisees or that engage others that use or subcontract temporary workers. Much has been written about the expanded scope of joint employment law, but to date there is little real-world guidance being offered to potential joint employers on how to reduce their own joint employer legal risks. This article, published in the February issue of the ABA’s Business Law Today magazine, offers companies 12 practical tips for reducing their joint employer legal exposure during these very unsettled times.