Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on legislation to be introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (Al-01) that would reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Browning-Ferris decision imposing a new “joint-employer” regime on franchise owners:

“In 2015, the NLRB made a terrible decision to hold privately-owned franchises accountable for employees working at other franchises that they didn’t hire and have no relationship to. Deeming franchise owners ‘joint-employers’ of such employees could end up costing thousands of jobs, tank small businesses, and provide a boon for trial lawyers attacking businesses for labor practices that those franchise owners don’t control. What’s worse, this decision was made unilaterally by executive branch employees in the Obama Administration, giving the American people no chance to defend small businesses and voice their opposition through their representatives.

“In America, we don’t punish a person for someone else’s actions. The Save Local Business Act introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01) will treat American businesses fairly again so they can go back to what they do best—hiring workers and providing quality products and services for their customers.”