Chain restaurants commend Labor Department withdrawal of joint employer guidance

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2017 – The National Council of Chain Restaurants today released a statement from Executive Director Rob Green, following Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment.

“The Secretary’s action today is a common-sense response to ill-advised and unhelpful policy implemented by the past Administration. Rescinding the joint employment policy will provide chain restaurant owners with more clarity about the Labor Department’s position moving forward.

“We look forward to additional administrative action from the National Labor Relations Board and a legislative response from Congress to fix the broader problems created when the new standard was created by the NLRB which entangles neutral employers in labor disputes and renders companies liable for labor violations by their subcontractor, vendors, and franchisees.”

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country's most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.