Advocate for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Praises Introduction of “Save Local Business Act”

By at 27 July, 2017, 10:00 am

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Washington, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. House members introduced the “Save Local Business Act,” a vital piece of legislation that will bring certainty to millions of small businesses while strengthening the environment to spur greater entrepreneurial activity in the United States, according to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council).  The “Save Local Business Act,” introduced by U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) along with U.S. Reps. Lou Correa (D-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) among the original cosponsors, will restore a common-sense definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Karen Kerrigan, president & CEO of SBE Council, said:

“Certain regulations and actions advanced under the previous Administration were particularly damaging to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The changes made to ‘joint employer’ is one of them. Furthermore, actions and changes pursued by other agencies at the state and federal level have created significant uncertainty and complexity for small businesses.  There needs to be clear, bright lines that establish business autonomy and the ‘Save Local Business Act’ is a needed solution that will provide that for small businesses.”

Kerrigan added: “We appreciate key leaders in the U.S. House for supporting the introduction of this legislation, and especially Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Tim Walberg (R-MI) who have worked tirelessly on educating their colleagues on how an expanded “joint employer” standard hurts new business creation and undermines opportunities for small businesses to grow and strengthen their operations.”

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently held a hearing on July 12, 2017 to explore the issue and its impact on small business growth and entrepreneurship.

CONTACT: Karen Kerrigan, Raymond Keating


SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website:  Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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