LEGISLATION PROVIDES CLARITY FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A “JOINT EMPLOYER”
Washington, D.C., 2017-Nov-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), which clarifies what it means to be a “joint employer” for America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.
“Today’s vote is a win for the small business owners and entrepreneurs who represent three out of every five lodging businesses across the U.S., and the millions of men and women they employ,” said Katherine Lugar, President and CEO of AHLA.
“Two years ago, the National Labor Relations Board redefined what it means to be a joint employer. That decision had a chilling effect on the hotel industry, especially for franchises, who suddenly had uncertainty and confusion about whom they employ and are liable for under the law. We are pleased the House passed this common-sense legislative fix to give small business owners the clarity and certainty they need and spur economic growth,” said Lugar.
The bipartisan bill was introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, along with Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Lou Correa (D-CA). The legislation will address joint employer liability under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The bill re-establishes the original definition of “joint employer,” which had been changed under a 2015 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association co-leads the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, a coalition representing thousands of local businesses and millions of American jobs concerned about the negative consequences of NLRB’s decision. To learn more about the coalition visit www.SaveLocalBusinesses.com.
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.