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Chairman Chabot Applauds NLRB’s Decision to Restore Joint Employer Standard

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Washington, September 14, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published its proposed rule on the joint-employer standard:

“The NLRB’s decision to restore the joint-employer standard is welcome news for small businesses everywhere. Job creators and innovators deserve certainty that they can continue to operate their businesses locally and independently. The Obama-era scheme jeopardizes small businesses, including franchises and subcontractors. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to advance a permanent legislative solution for America’s small businesses.”

The proposed rule would roll back the NLRB’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., which expanded the definition of joint employer, and restored the standard that was in place for over 30 years.

On August 31, 2018, Chairman Chabot and Rep. Cuellar (D-TX) introduced H.R. 6695, the Trademark Licensing Protection Act, which clarifies that controlling a licensed trademark does not create an employment relationship.

In March 2018, Chairman Chabot sent a letter to the then-Chairman of the NLRB, expressing his disappointment in the NLRB’s reinstatement of the harmful Obama-era joint-employer standard.

Chairman Chabot is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, which would reverse the NLRB’s decision in Hy-Brand International Contractors, Ltd. H.R. 3441 passed the House on November 8, 2017.

Small businesses are encouraged to send their comments on regulatory proposals and how they will affect their business to the Federal Register through the Committee’s Regulation Watch page.

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