WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2015) — A new small business coalition has endorsed legislation that would modify a recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that it says could destroy its members' businesses.
The Aug. 27 NLRB decision, involving Browning Ferris Industries and its subcontractor Leadpoint Business Services, designated nameplate companies as joint employers with their franchisees and subcontractors for the purposes of dealing with unions.
Franchise companies and their associations denounced the Browning Ferris decision, saying it could lead franchisors to exert control over their franchisees or even end franchise arrangements altogether.
The Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isaakson, R-Ga., and in the House of Representatives by Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Phil Roe, R-Tenn.