Advocate for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Praises DOL “Joint Employer” Final Rule

By at 13 January, 2020, 11:41 am


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – On January 12, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule on the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan hailed the rule, as it establishes a clear framework that will encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship and supports small business growth.

“The DOL rule restores and refines a common-sense standard for small business owners who work with other entrepreneurs to more effectively build and scale their respective firms. Entrepreneurial-minded individuals will be able to pursue franchise ownership with more confidence under this clear framework that adopts a simple, four-part test in determining joint employer status.

“In addition, many entrepreneurs want to pursue the franchise model in order to expand their enterprises, which will bring more choices to consumers, more jobs for local communities, and keeps our economy vibrant. This uniquely American growth strategy is supported through the rule. Clear and consistent rules for a joint employer standard are critical for U.S. entrepreneurship and economic growth, and the DOL has succeeded in attaining balance and opportunity under the final rule.”


Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO


SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil





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