Washington, D.C. – June 7, 2017 – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today praised the Department of Labor’s decision to rescind an Obama Administration rule that greatly expanded the joint employer standard established under the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries of California decision.

“With three out of every five lodging businesses considered small businesses and so many flourishing under the franchise model, it is critical that these employers have clarity and certainty as to who they employ and for whom they are liable under the law,” said Brian Crawford, Vice President of Government Affairs for AHLA. “This is an important first step to reinstating the long-standing joint employer definition to once again foster and incentivize job growth, free enterprise, and a stable regulatory environment. We look forward to working with Secretary Acosta and Congress to create a regulatory and legal framework that allows entrepreneurs to thrive and create more jobs.”


About the American Hotel and 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