WASHINGTON | September 13, 2018
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement upon the announcement of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s proposed rule to restore the joint employer standard:
“The NLRB has rightly made addressing the joint employer problem caused by the Obama-era Browning-Ferris decision a top priority on behalf of America’s local businesses. Main street business owners and employees alike need certainty. We are pleased that the NLRB is working to clear up the confusion caused by the convoluted and extreme decision the Obama board made. As we continue to champion a permanent legislative remedy, we commend Chairman Ring and other members of the NLRB for their commitment and diligence in giving this issue the attention it deserves.”
BACKGROUND: H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the commonsense definition of what it means to be an employer. In the NLRB’s 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision, the board placed itself squarely in the middle of the employer-employee relationship, changing it in a way that hurt working families and small businesses, but empowered union interests. The legislation, authored by Rep. Bradley Byrne, chair of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, clarifies that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers. The House passed the Save Local Business Act in November.
Click here to learn more about the Save Local Business Act.
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