Byrne Leads Bipartisan Letter Asking Acosta to Act on Joint Employer
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, led 83 of his House colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta calling for the modernization of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
In the letter, Congressman Byrne and his colleagues write: “The FLSA’s joint employment requirements need to be modernized and harmonized to limit needless litigation against small businesses, as many different business formats are threatened by expensive lawsuits against multiple business partners for alleged wrongdoing against only one entity.”
In their letter, Byrne and his colleagues pointed out that the current FLSA regulations were written roughly 70 years ago in 1958 and 1961 using language from bulletins dated 1939 and 1940. These guidelines for companies rely on case law from the 1940s and 1950s, well outpaced by the advancement in business practices and improvements over the last 70 years.
Last year, the House passed Congressman Byrne’s bill, the Save Local Business Act, which would roll back the vague and expansive joint employer standard. 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.
Click here to read the bipartisan letter to Secretary Acosta.
The bipartisan letter was signed by Congressmen Estes (KS), Aderholt (AL), Allen (GA), Arrington (TX), Banks (IN), Barletta (PA), Biggs (AZ), Blackburn (TN), Brady (TX), Brat (VA), Brooks (AL), Budd (NC), Burgess (TX), Buddy Carter (GA), Chabot (OH), Cheney (WY), Coffman (CO), Collins (GA), Comer (KY), Comstock (VA), Costello (PA), Cramer (ND), Crawford (AR), Cuellar (TX), Davidson (OH), Rodney Davis (IL), Duffy (WI), Ferguson (GA), Fleischmann (TN), Flores (TX), Gallagher (WI), Gibbs (OH), Gohmert (TX), Graves (MO), Grothman (WI), Guthrie (KY), Handel (GA), Harris (MD), Hice (GA), Hultgren (IL), Norman (SC), Jenkins (KS), Mike Johnson (LA), Sam Johnson (TX), Kelly (PA), Latta (OH), Lewis (MN), Long (MO), Loudermilk (GA), Love (UT), MacArthur (NJ), Massie (KY), McSally (AZ), Meadows (NC), Messer (IN), Mitchell (MI), Palmer (AL), Paulsen (MN), Pearce (NM), Scott Peters (CA), Poloquin (ME), Roby (AL), Roe (TN), Mike Rogers (AL), Rokita (IN), Rooney (FL), Rutherford (FL), Austin Scott (GA), Adrian Smith (NE), Sensenbrenner (WI), Pete Sessions (TX), Jason Smith (MO), Smucker (PA), Stefanik (NY), Stivers (OH), Glenn Thompson (PA), Valadao (CA), Wagner (MO), Walberg (MI), Weber (TX), Wenstrup (OH), Roger Williams (TX), Joe Wilson (SC), and Woodall (GA).