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Chairman Chabot Responds to NLRB Decision to Restore Joint Employer Definition

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Washington, December 18, 2017 | Sarah Althouse | comments

WASHINGTON – House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision and reinstated the prior joint-employer standard:

“I commend the NLRB for its decision to restore the common sense definition of a joint employer that the Obama Administration reversed. The only way to ensure that this standard remains in place, and that small businesses have certainty that they will remain local and independent, is Congressional action.”

Chairman Chabot is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, to reverse the NLRB’s decision expanding the definition of the joint employer standard, and earlier this year, sent a letter to the House Education and Workforce Committee in support of the bill. H.R. 3441 passed the House on November 8, 2017.

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The Committee first held a roundtable in April 2015 on the issue. NLRB then expanded its definition of the joint employer standard in August 2015. In March 2016, the Committee held a hearing titled, “Risky Business: Effects of New Joint Employer Standards for Small Firms” to examine the negative impact of the rule on small businesses.

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