Small Business Supports Bills to Save Subcontractors and Franchisees

Date: September 10, 2015

For Immediate Release
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Legislation Would Clarify Rules on Joint Employer Status

DC (September 10, 2015)
– The National Federation of Independent Business supports
new House and Senate bills to protect small business owners from a recent labor
ruling that could take away their ability to manage their employees. The National
Labor Relations Board ruling in the Browning-Ferris case fundamentally changes
the joint employer rules and could be devastating to franchise and
subcontracting businesses.

millions of small subcontractors and franchisees are worried that they could
effectively lose their business to the new joint employer standards,” said Dan
Martini, NFIB Manager of Legislative Affairs
“The NLRB changed a standard that had worked well for decades. These new bills
in the House and Senate would roll back that decision and ensure that the
previous standard would continue to provide stability for small businesses.”

The Protecting Local Business
Opportunity Act
, S. 2015 and H.R. 3459, was introduced by leading members
of the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over labor issues. The
bills affirm that a business must have “actual, direct and immediate” control
over an employee to be considered a joint employer. NFIB supports these bills
and encourages both chambers to pass the legislation and send it to the
President for his signature.



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