CDW Applauds Introduction of Save Local Business Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, legislation was introduced by House Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.; Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Bradley Byrne, R-Ala.; Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg, R-Mich., Representative Henry Cuellar, D-Texas and Representative Lou Correa, D-Calif. This key, bipartisan legislation will allow the joint employer standard to apply when an employer exercises direct and immediate control over essential terms and conditions of employment – appropriately called the “Save Local Business Act.”  In response to the introduction of the legislation, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace released the following statement from Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“Under President Obama, the National Labor Relations Board expanded the joint employer standard used to determine when one business should be considered responsible for the labor practices of another.

“The changes disrupted decades of established law and undermined the business relationships between a brand company and local franchise business owners; contractors and subcontractors; and businesses and their suppliers and vendors – all of which have created millions of jobs and allowed hundreds of thousands of individuals to achieve the American Dream of owning their own business.

“This legislation would codify the previous standard in both the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, and would restore clarity and protect businesses from unnecessary involvement in labor negotiations and disputes involving workplaces in which they do not have direct control. The restoration of this standard will protect hundreds of thousands of small and local businesses and allow them to grow American jobs again.