The House Education and Labor Committee on September 25 voted 26-21 to approve legislation that would codify the joint employer standard that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enacted in 2015. NMHC and NAA have long opposed the NLRB’s decision because it could hold firms liable for fines if their subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and temporary staff violated Federal labor laws. The multifamily industry is hopeful that the NRLB will quickly finalize proposed regulations to overturn the rule.
Notably, other provisions included in the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019 would also be detrimental to the multifamily industry. For example, the legislation proposes to impose binding arbitration on initial collective bargaining agreements. NMHC and NAA signed a Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) letter opposing the bill on June 10.
While the full House is expected to consider the PRO Act this Congress, it is unlikely to pass the Senate.
To learn more about the joint employer rule, visit our advocacy page.