The House of Representatives' Save Local Business Act, which would amend previous policy and clarify certain language, engendered a strong response from the Illinois restaurant industry.
H.R. 3441, which was introduced by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), earned bipartisan support for restoring the nation’s customary joint employer standard, modifying both the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“This bipartisan bill restores a commonsense framework that will provide clarity to small businesses and allow workers and entrepreneurs to freely pursue their dreams,” Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said in an announcement.
Marla Topliff, president of Rosatti’s Pizza, expressed hope for bill, citing the difficulty of keeping up with ever-changing legislation and its impact on costs and operations.
“I really hope Congress takes this issue seriously and passes this legislation quickly,” Topliff said in a press release.
Executive Vice President Cicely Simpson of the National Restaurant Association commended Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) along with Byrne and Walberg for their role in introducing the measure to the House floor.
“The current standard is vague and negatively impacting small businesses and employees across the country including the restaurant industry,” Simpson said in the release. “We urge the House to bring the bipartisan Save Local Business Act to the floor for a vote as quickly as possible.”
Illinois Restaurant Association president and CEO Sam Toia praised the bill for providing clarity to mitigate the “damage” and "confusion" caused by the joint employer standard imposed by the National Labor Relations Act.
"We need federal legislation to resolve the damage that’s already been done and to provide much-needed clarity for thousands of restaurateurs here in Illinois,” Toia said.