WASHINGTON, Dec. 15— The Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) released the following statement regarding today’s release of the Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations bill:

“The Coalition to Save Local Businesses is disappointed that the joint employer provision was not included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill despite concerns voiced by bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate. The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to upend the current joint employer standard will continue to have a disastrous effect on small businesses across the country. This decision effectively halts small business growth and strips ownership from the hardworking men and women of our nation’s small business community,” stated Executive Director of the CSLB Michael Layman.

“Research shows that over ‘40,000 businesses operating in 75,000 franchise locations are at risk of failure. Should this decision stand, more than 600,000 American jobs would be at risk. It is extremely disappointing that Congress did not include this provision which would protect local businesses at this critical time.”

“Congress can still act immediately in the new year by supporting the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act. This bipartisan legislation would restore decades of precedent and certainty that have helped businesses succeed before the NLRB’s ruling. The CSLB will continue our work with hundreds of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle as we stand up and support local businesses.”


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.

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