House Committee to Examine Joint Employer Status Under NLRA

Today, September 9th, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, will hold a hearing entitled “Expanding Joint Employer Status: What Does it Mean for Workers and Job Creators?”  The hearing will provide subcommittee members an opportunity to examine recent efforts by the National Labor Relations Board to change the procedure by which the NLRB determines joint employer status.

The Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), has called as witnesses an employment lawyer, a law professor, and multiple representatives of trade organizations, including the International Franchise Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

Witnesses include:

Mr. Todd Duffield – Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Atlanta, GA)

Mr. Clint Ehlers – Owner, FASTSIGNS of Lancaster and Willow Grove (Lancaster and Willow Grove, PA) (testifying on behalf of the International Franchise Association)

Ms. Catherine Monson – Chief Executive Officer, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) (testifying on behalf of the International Franchise Association)

Mr. Harris Freeman – Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Western New England University School of Law (Springfield, MA)

Mrs. Jagruti Panwala – Owner of Multiple Hotel Franchises (Bensalem, PA) (testifying on behalf of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association)

An archived video of the hearing is available here.

The opening statement from Chairman Roe is available here.


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