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COMMON GROUND

Working together for the

Save Local Business Act
Encouraging bipartisan support and the pursuit
of positive change for small businesses.

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by PETER CLERKIN

These days, it seems like politicians cannot agree about anything. That's because it's convenient for the media to use a gridlock narrative
as shorthand for the contrarian and obstinate behavior that defines how our elected representatives address a few big issues. However,
a different, more nuanced picture emerges when one takes a closer look at the actual lawmaking process - the pursuit of positive change.
That's why Today's Hotelier is launching a new feature, Common Ground, which will profile two members of opposing parties who are
working together to advance issues important to hoteliers.
In this inaugural feature, we look at two members of Congress who came together to support the Save Local Business Act, a bill that
seeks to bring clarity and stability to the franchise business model by creating a statutory definition of the joint employer standard.

THE ISSUE: JOINT EMPLOYER
In 2015, the National Labor Relations
Board (NLRB) issued a ruling in the
Browning-Ferris dispute that upended
the historical joint employer definition and blurred the lines of control of
employees between a franchisor and
franchisee. This caused uncertainty,
and franchisors took a step back from
the market because of the prospect of

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assuming responsibility for a franchisee's employees. The NLRB reversed
this decision in 2017 and returned to
the historical joint employer definition
that relies on whether an entity directly
controls employees. While the move was
welcomed by businesses, the fact that
an unelected board could arbitrarily
change the definition remained unsettling. Without a statutory definition,

interpretation can be left up to various courts as they hear employment
lawsuits.

COMMON GROUND
In July 2017, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
introduced H.R. 3441, the Save Local
Business Act, and Rep. Henry Cuellar
(D-TX) was among its 123 cosponsors.
The bill creates a statutory definition of


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - March 2018

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
#AAHOACON18 Spotlight
Government Affairs & Advocacy
The C-Suite
Common Ground
Elevate Yourself to a Higher Role in the Industry
Next-Level Housekeeping via Technology
Mentoring Matters
Small Business
Finance
Marketing
Technology
Compliance & Legal
Leadership
Guest Experience
Aahoa Founding Members
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Back of the House
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Intro
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - cover2
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 13
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - #AAHOACON18 Spotlight
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 16
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 17
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Government Affairs & Advocacy
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 19
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - The C-Suite
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 21
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Common Ground
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 23
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Elevate Yourself to a Higher Role in the Industry
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 25
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 26
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 27
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Next-Level Housekeeping via Technology
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 29
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 30
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 31
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Mentoring Matters
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 34
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 35
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Finance
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Marketing
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Technology
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Compliance & Legal
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Leadership
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 48
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 49
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Guest Experience
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - 53
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Aahoa Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Back of the House
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