Press Release: Michael Layman Named Executive Director of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses

Michael Layman Named Executive Director of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) is pleased to announce Michael Layman as the organization’s Executive Director. Layman will serve as the day-to-day liaison between CSLB members and Congress.  Coalition members are concerned about the overreach of the National Labor Relations Board and the impact of an expanded joint employer standard on local businesses.

“The National Labor Relations Board’s proposed new joint employer standard is a threat to small business owners throughout America,” said CSLB co-chair Matthew Patinkin. “Michael’s experience running coalitions, building bipartisan consensus and working with multiple industry stakeholders will be critical to the CSLB’s objective to preserve the current joint employer standard and end the uncertainty facing business owners like me.”

Layman currently serves as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for the International Franchise Association, a position he assumed in January and will maintain. Prior to joining IFA, Layman was a senior manager with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute. He also worked at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as Manager of Employment and Labor Policy from 2007 to 2013. In that role, Layman led several national coalitions on employment and labor relations policy issues.

“I’m eager for the opportunity to lead this diverse coalition, which represents local business owners all over the country,” said Layman. “These individuals, struggling in the face of substantial challenges to the franchise model and other contractual relationships, have a very powerful message for legislators. I’m grateful that they’ve placed their confidence in me and look forward to carrying their calls for substantive relief from NLRB activism to Congress.”

Layman previously served as Chair of the National Coalition to Protect Family Leave, a coalition of companies and associations that supported public policy that promotes voluntary, employer-provided leave benefits.

From 2001 to 2007, Layman worked on Capitol Hill, where he served as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and as a Professional Staff Member of the House Government Reform Committee under committee chair U.S. Representative Tom Davis of Virginia.

The Coalition to Save Local Businesses is led by more than a dozen co-chairs from all over the country and is supported by a growing number of local business owners, concerned citizens and trade associations and their members.  Members of the Coalition are urging Congress to codify the current definition of joint employer.  To learn more about the coalition visit the website,


The Coalition to Save Local Businesses represents thousands of local businesses and millions of American jobs through its membership and partner organizations.  The coalition’s goal is to inform Members of Congress and others about the negative consequences decisions by the National Labor Relations Board to expand the definition of who can be held as a joint employer would have on local businesses and their employees across the country. The coalition is asking Congress to support legislation that would make permanent the long-standing and widely accepted definition of joint employer.