Jenna Weisbord, 310-995-0839
WASHINGTON, October 4 — Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) Executive Director Michael Layman issued the following statement after House Education and the Workforce Committee passage of H.R. 3441, the “Save Local Business Act,” sponsored by Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Lou Correa (D-CA), and others.
“We commend Chairwoman Foxx for holding today’s markup of H.R. 3441, bipartisan, commonsense legislation that provides a fair, workable definition of ‘joint employer,’” said Layman. “The Coalition is confident that this bill strikes the right balance by providing much-needed clarity for local business owners, while also protecting employees by ensuring the flexibility needed to hold accountable any offenders acting in bad faith. We thank Committee members for their hard work and dedication to this important issue, and we urge swift consideration of the Save Local Business Act on the House Floor.”
Throughout the last two years, members of the CSLB have been at the forefront of efforts to encourage Congress to clarify the National Labor Relations Board’s expanded definition of joint employer, including the following:
- 28 CSLB witnesses have testified before Congress sharing their small business stories and describing how joint employer is impacting their businesses and employees.
- 100+ in-district meetings have been held with Members of Congress and their local business communities to discuss joint employer.
- 117,000+ letters have been sent to Congress expressing confusion and asking for clarity in the aftermath of the expanded joint employer rule.
To learn more about the joint employer issue and CSLB’s efforts, click here.
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.