Coalition to Save Local Businesses applaud Chairman Cole and the Labor-HHS Subcommittee members for highlighting priority issue of joint employer

WASHINGTON, July 14— Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the statement below thanking Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) for including language in the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Fiscal 2018 bill that would prohibit funds from being used to enforce the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning-Ferris joint employer standard. This action is a clear acknowledgement from Congress that unlimited joint employer liability warrants legislation in order to protect local business owners.

“We are very grateful to Chairman Cole and the Labor-HHS Subcommittee members for highlighting this priority issue of joint employer for the small business community in their FY18 bill. Addressing the joint employer standard in the funding bill is an important step towards restoring certainty for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs that will help lead to more local businesses and jobs on Main Street. We appreciate the support of lawmakers in both parties for protecting local businesses from the NLRB’s overreach, and we are hopeful that the full Appropriations Committee will soon approve the provision in the Labor-HHS bill.

“Our members also sincerely thank Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and the 57 bipartisan House members for sending an April letter asking the Labor-HHS Subcommittee to support local businesspeople by including this joint employer provision,” Layman said.

The Coalition, which represents a diverse group of locally owned, independent small businesses, associations and organizations, will continue to work with members from both sides of the aisles, on important legislation and other measures that will help grow the economy, create jobs and career ownership opportunities for hard-working Americans.

Jenna Weisbord, 310-995-0839


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,