Press ReleaseFebruary 10, 2015

Job Creators Network Lauds Launch of Local Business Coalition to Combat Expansion of Joint Employer Definition

Job Creators Network (JCN) applauded the launch of a new coalition of local business owners and others who are concerned that the National Labor Relations Board will expand the definition of joint employer, ultimately undermining the employer-employee relationship and diminishing the autonomy millions of small business owners currently have over their own business.

“Local business owners from all backgrounds and every part of the country are concerned with the current rulings pending at the National Labor Relations Board that would expand the long standing definition of joint employer and hurt small businesses—especially minority owned businesses,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO.

The Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) aims to inform Members of Congress about the potentially devastating impact that redefining the joint employer standard would have on the U.S. economy.  JCN proudly supports the goal of the coalition to educate lawmakers and the public about the consequences of this action.

Expanding the joint employer definition would have wide-ranging consequences for local businesses throughout the country.  The NLRB is also considering the Browning-Ferris case, which could permanently alter the employer-employee relationship for thousands of companies that rely on contractors and sub-contractors for specialized support.  Should the NLRB adopt a broader definition of joint employer, many local business owners could lose their investments, workers could lose their jobs and communities would lose vital sources of economic activity.

“This action would turn the current successful system on its head,” Ortiz said.  “In fact, these new regulations from the NLRB would diminish entrepreneurial investment, stifling job growth and economic activity in communities from coast to coast.”