Momentum in Congress is gaining to undo an ill-conceived joint employer decision that impacts our industry. As you know, AHLA in partnership with the Coalition to Save Local Businesses has been pushing Congress to pass legislation which would restore the traditional definition of “joint employer” under federal law. Under the Browning Ferris Decision (BFI), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upended the most basic employment question for any employer: ‘Who do you employ’ and ‘Are you liable for actions and activities for employees that are not your own’? The changes made by the NLRB are having a chilling effect on growth within the lodging sector, particularly in relation to the franchised segment of the industry, which represents nearly three quarters of all lodging properties in the U.S.
The Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1), that would undo the ill-conceived BFI decision and reestablish the previous definition of a joint employer, recently passed out the House Education and the Workforce Committee earlier this month. We are now optimistic that leadership will bring this bill before the full House for a vote on the floor. Should this legislation pass, it will put tremendous pressure on the Senate to act.
AHLA is undertaking a grassroots campaign in the coming days to ensure that leadership is hearing from your Representatives that this bill must be brought to the floor for a vote. Please click on this link to send a letter to your House Member urging them to vote in favor of the bill.