On August 13, Representative Bob Dold (R-IL-10), met with local business owners for a round table discussion focusing on the negative impact the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) new “joint employer” definition could have on small businesses. The event was hosted at All Points Public Relations in Deerfield, Illinois by small business owner Jamie Izaks. Also in attendance were representatives from the Northern Illinois Franchise Association, Illinois Restaurant Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Sport Clips, HandyPro, BAB Systems, Inc., Marks & Klein, LLP, City Wide, and Krishna Motel Inc.
The talks began with Mr. Dold explaining how he looks at all business related issues through the lens of a small business owner, as five generations of Mr. Dold’s family have co-owned and operated the oldest pest control business in America. Mr. Dold discussed the over regulation of today’s business climate and his belief in smart, tailored regulations to protect American small businesses.
The discussion continued with an explanation of the NLRB proposed changes, followed by statements from participants about how the new NLRB “joint employer” definition would impact their businesses as well as job growth in Illinois. Those in attendance asked poignant questions about the NLRB and concerns were also expressed about rising minimum wage, “joint employer” status and the McDonald’s complaints.
The participants’ concerns were well received by Congressman Dold, who was very understanding to the “joint employer” issue and aware of its potential negative impact. The Congressman added that he believes the NLRB is discriminatory and there is a lack of understanding about the franchisee model in Washington. He understands why Illinoisans are moving out of state at an alarming rate amid high taxes for businesses and personal matters. He also offered his support for the return of the 40-hour work week and believes the Overtime Expansion Proposal is not a business-friendly measure.
Many of the local business owners pledged to continue outreach to Members of Congress and federal regulators informing them of the challenges they would face with an expanded joint employer definition.