CSLB Applauds DOL Action on Expanded Joint Employer Standard

June 7, 2017

The Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) applauded today’s decision by the U.S. Department of Labor to withdraw its 2016 administrative interpretation on joint employment:

“Today’s decision by Secretary Acosta marks an important turning point in the ongoing effort to restore the common sense joint employer standard for local businesses,” said CSLB’s Executive Director Michael Layman. “Locally-owned businesses require clarity and certainty from their government in order to create jobs and serve their communities, and, with this first step, the DOL has indicated that providing such certainty on the harmful joint employment doctrine is a priority for this Administration.”

In the aftermath of the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc (BFI), CSLB members have actively engaged with U.S. House and Senate leaders and the Administration to educate them and share concerns about the negative impacts of the NLRB’s joint employer policy on employers and employees alike. Members of Congress have met with thousands of small business owners and held numerous hearings on this issue in the past two years to gain firsthand knowledge of the impact of the potentially limitless liability standard on locally-owned businesses.

“We are hopeful that other agencies, and most importantly Congress, will follow DOL’s lead in recognizing the uncertainty and unreasonable costs associated with unlimited joint employment liability and work to restore the sensible, traditional joint employment standard that has allowed local businesses to thrive for decades,” added Layman.

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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. To learn more about the coalition visit the website, www.SaveLocalBusinesses.com.