July 06, 2016

National Restaurant Association Fights Regulatory Burdens

(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association today released the following statement in support of the House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill, which contains language that would prevent the enforcement of excessive, burdensome regulations on the restaurant industry, among other employers:

“As the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer, the restaurant industry provides essential work skills, career paths and economic success for millions of Americans.The cumulative effect of burdensome regulations – such as the overtime overhaul and change to the long-existing joint-employer standard – threatens advancement opportunities for our workforce and a climate of business growth and investment. We appreciate Chairman Tom Cole’s leadership, and call on all appropriators to recognize the role small businesses, like the majority of restaurants, play in our communities and support this proposal.”

The LHHS funding bill includes new provisions prohibiting enforcement of the “overtime” rule and joint-employer standards. A summary of the bill can be found here.


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23, 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.