Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne Introduces the Save Local Business Act


Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

Today, at a press conference with small business owners and workers, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and colleagues introduced the Save Local Business Act. The legislation rolls back the extreme joint employer scheme to protect American jobs and entrepreneurship.

Congressman Byrne’s bill has bipartisan support from 29 co-sponsors, including House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Byrne said: “Federal labor policies should be focused on benefiting workers and helping small businesses grow instead of creating barriers that limit opportunity. Also important, Congress – not unelected federal bureaucrats – should set our nation’s labor policies through statute instead of executive fiat.

“Under this bipartisan legislation, workers, and the businesses they work for, will be given much needed clarity and certainty. I am especially pleased our legislation has earned support from both sides of the aisle, and I am committed to continuing to build momentum as the bill moves through the legislative process.”

Chairwoman Foxx said: “Right now, local employers across the country face an enormous amount of uncertainty because of a vague and confusing joint employer standard. Congress cannot sit on the sidelines while this harmful scheme threatens to destroy jobs and make it harder for entrepreneurs to achieve the American Dream of owning a business. I commend Congressman Byrne for his leadership in this bipartisan effort to protect jobs and the spirit of entrepreneurship in local communities.”


BACKGROUND: The Save Local Business Act amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the commonsense definition of what it means to be an employer. The legislation clarifies that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers.

Click here for a fact sheet on the bill.

Click here to find the text of the bill.