Ciara Stockeland visiting the White House

Ciara Stockeland, owner and founder of MODE designer stores in North Dakota, testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Oct. 6 to ask the Committee to support legislation to reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to alter the “joint employer” standard for businesses, which will force Stockeland to take more direct control over employees she previously didn’t employ, making small businesses larger and jeopardizing her ability to successfully operate as a franchise business.

Stockeland shared her concerns and those echoed by other small business owner members of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses. Stockeland asked Congress to protect her business by supporting S. 2015, the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act.

The NLRB recently declared Browning-Ferris Industries, a California-based recycling company, to be a “joint employer” with Leadpoint, a staffing services company. This decision ignored more than 50 years of regulatory and legal precedent and retroactively adopted a far broader definition of “joint employer” than had ever been contemplated. America’s job creators are speaking out about what small business ownership means to them, their families and local communities.

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