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On Feb. 15, ABC joined the Coalition to Save Local Business (CSLB) in a letter to Senate Leadership recommending that the Senate take up and pass H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. H.R. 3441 will restore the “joint employer” standard that has been in place for over 30 years, bringing stability back into the economy for contractors and subcontractors across the country. 

The joint employer standard is used to determine when two separate companies are considered one employer with respect to a group of employees for purposes of liability and bargaining obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. Under H.R. 3441, an employer may be considered a joint employer of a worker only if it “directly, actually and immediately” exercises significant control over the primary elements of employment, such as hiring, firing, determining pay or supervising employees on a routine basis. Enactment of H.R. 3441 would provide certainty for small business owners and other employers in all industries, while clarifying protections for American workers.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3441 on Nov. 11, 2017 by a vote of 242-181. ABC considered this a key vote on our 115th congressional scorecard.