Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12 PM – 1 PM
(lunch provided)
Longworth House Office Building
Room B-208


Representative Bradley Byrne (R–AL), Keynote
Trey Kovacs, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Karen Kerrigan, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Steven Johnson, Mr. Appliance franchise owner, Birmingham, AL
Reem Aloul, BrightStar Care franchise owner, Arlington, VA


Under the Obama administration, the National Labor Relations Board overturned numerous longstanding precedents. This created immense uncertainty that burdened businesses.

A particularly alarming NLRB decision upended the traditional joint employer standard in favor of a vague and overly broad definition. The NLRB’s 2015 Browning-Ferris decision threatened to upend thousands of business-to-business relationships, impacting millions of employees in the process.

Though the new majority at the NLRB restored the traditional joint employer standard in a recent ruling, that new ruling was abruptly vacated on February 26, once again demolishing the commonsense standard. Policy at the NLRB swings like a pendulum, creating immense uncertainty because Board precedent flip-flops depending on which political party controls the Executive branch.

This underscores the need for a legislative fix in order to cement the traditional joint employer standard in law. A solution is readily available. Last session of Congress, the House of Representatives passed the Save Local Business Act H.R. 3441, which would codify the traditional joint employer standard.

For purposes of congressional ethics rules, this is a widely attended event.

Questions? Please email [email protected] or call Taylor Barkley, CEI Government Affairs Manager, at (202) 331-2250.


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