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Upton Co-Sponsors Save Local Business Act

Bipartisan legislation would help Michigan businesses grow and succeed

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Washington, September 7, 2017 | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this week co-sponsored H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. This bipartisan legislation would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the common-sense definition of what it means to be an employer.

“This bipartisan legislation will fix misguided Obama-era policy that pits the big guys versus the little guys,” said Upton. “Under our solution, workers, and the businesses they work for, will receive much needed certainty under the law. This piece of legislation will help our local small businesses right here in Southwest Michigan grow and succeed. I hope to see it move through the legislative process quickly.”  

H.R. 3441 clarifies that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employees. The bill also rolls back the joint employer protection rule to protect American jobs, small business owners, and entrepreneurship. According to the American Action Forum, the joint employer rule could result in 1.7 million fewer jobs.

Upton recently met with restaurant owners in Kalamazoo to discuss this topic.

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