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Cole Commends DOL’s Joint Employer Rule Change

January 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that replaces the misguided Obama-era policy related to the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new guidance clarifies what qualifies as joint employment and prevents unnecessary penalties for employers, particularly for franchise owners.

“I am very pleased that the Trump Administration has moved to do away with a damaging regulation imposed on America’s small business job creators, particularly franchise owners. When small businesses are no longer crippled by red tape, they are indeed empowered to further drive the nation’s economic success and help more Americans secure a prosperous future.”

Cole has long advocated for changes to the DOL joint employer rule, including while he presided as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS). As Chairman, he oversaw the inclusion of language in House versions of the annual LHHS appropriations bill that would prohibit the Obama Administration from implementing the rule. Cole currently serves as LHHS Ranking Member.

Click here for more information on DOL’s final rule, effective March 16, 2020.