Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2021) – National Restaurant Association Vice President of Public Policy and Legal Advocacy Shannon Meade today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) repeal of the Joint Employer Final Rule:

“The joint employer standard is the bedrock of American business relationships. Today’s decision by the DOL to rescind the Joint Employer Final Rule issued by the previous Administration removes the clarity and certainty that thousands of small business restaurant owners and their employees need. This move will create inconsistencies in how the courts evaluate joint employment and undermine regulatory and legal compliance obligations that could have long-term effects on the industry’s ability to rebuild and grow.”

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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