“Save Local Business Act” Provides Needed Fix for Small Businesses

By at 11 August, 2017, 11:10 am


by Karen Kerrigan

The National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB’s) “joint employer” standard issued under the Obama Administration has been a big headache and source of uncertainty for many small businesses.  SBE Council has repeatedly pointed out the harm the new standard has imposed on U.S. entrepreneurship, small business franchising, and any small firm that contracts with other businesses.

On July 27, a bipartisan group of U.S. House members introduced the Save Local Business Act, which provides a much needed legislative solution to the angst that an expanded “joint employer” definition is causing in the small business community.

At an event hosted by the Coalition to Save Local Businesses with a bipartisan group of House members – including Education and Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Lou Correa (D-CA) – SBE Council’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Kristie Arslan, co-owner of Popped! Republic,pointed out how the joint employer standard has kept her from expanding business operations. (See clip below)

In a media release, SBE Council praised the bipartisan bill:

“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.”

For a House Education and the Workforce Committee Fact Sheet on the “Save Local Business Act” please click here.

See Financial Regulation News coverage of the new legislation.

Karen Kerrigan is president & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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