It’s all about branding, fellas. Republicans have introduced bills with clever acronyms before. Examples include:
- JAWS Act (Justice Attributed to Wounded Sharks)
- BEER Act (Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act); and
- EL CHAPO Act (Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order), to require El Chapo to forfeit assets from the drug trade.
But I’m puzzled by the more recent lack of effort.
Seeking to counter the Democrats’ boldly named PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize), Republicans have introduced the SLoB Act (Save Local Business).
Seriously? That’s the best that your marketing team could do?
The SLoB Act would narrow the definition of joint employment. To find “joint employer” status, proof would be required of direct, actual, immediate, and significant control over essential terms and conditions of employment, such as hiring, firing, pay, benefits, supervision, scheduling, and discipline.
That would be terrific for franchising and for all businesses that use outsourced labor, such as through staffing agencies. The SLoB Act would amend both the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For those of you who recall the Browning-Ferris escapades, this bill would repeal the loosey-goosey joint employment standard the NLRB tried to adopt in 2015, later repealed, unrepealed, and appealed. The bill would codify a tougher test, making it much harder to prove joint employment.
The SLoB Act will not pass, at least not in this Congress. It is unlikely to have any Democratic support. But it has a letter of support signed by 65 leading industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Trucking Association, the National Franchise Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management.
I like the bill, but I’d have gone with a better acronym. Such as…
- JERKY Act (Joint Employment is Really Kinda Yucky)
- EJECT Act (Editing the Joint Employment Control Test)
- JESUS Act (Joint Employment Should be Used Sparingly).
I think the last one would garner the most support, no matter what the bill was about. No one wants to go on record opposing Jesus.
But nobody asked me.
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