SBE Council Supports U.S. House Effort to Safeguard Small Businesses from Extreme and Expansive ‘Joint Employer’ Rule

By at 15 November, 2023, 5:09 pm


For Immediate Release

November 15, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in support of Section 409 of the Fiscal Year 2024 Labor-HHS spending bill (H.R. 5894), which would safeguard the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB’s) 2020 Joint Employer Rule and provide needed clarity, protection and certainty for small businesses:

“America’s small business ecosystem needs to be protected from intrusive special interest rulemakings and policies that harm small business viability, and widely-used paths to successful business ownership. Radically expanding the ‘joint employer’ standard, which the NLRB recently advanced, is a severe blow to entrepreneurship across sectors – increasing costs, complexity and new barriers. The new standard disrupts business models and relationships, and will wreak havoc on countless small businesses nationwide. Many small businesses across sectors are in jeopardy of losing independence, along with the financial investment and sweat equity they’ve put into their businesses if the new rule is fully executed upon. Many individuals will be denied successful paths to business ownership. SBE Council fully supports congressional action to prevent these harmful consequences, and utilizing the appropriations process to maintain the 2020 standard, which will protect local small businesses against the damaging outcomes of the 2023 NLRB rule.”

Related Resources:

SBE Council’s Comments to the NLRB Urging Withdrawal of the Proposed Joint Employer Rule, December 2022.




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