Expanded Joint-Employer Standard Will Drive Up Home Prices

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NAHB and its industry coalition partners held a series of meetings with key Senate and House appropriations leaders on Nov. 13 in a bid to turn back a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand its joint-employer standard.

Charles “Chip” Bay, a multifamily member who represented NAHB during the meetings, told lawmakers how the new standard could create a centralization of the housing industry, leading to less competition among small firms and higher home prices.

“This was a great opportunity to educate lawmakers on how this new standard will harm small businesses and housing affordability. They seemed very receptive to our message,” said Bay, who is the executive managing director of Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily firm that operates in several major markets across the nation.

NAHB and its allies in the Coalition to Save Local Businesses urged the lawmakers to allow the joint- employer appropriations rider that restores the traditional definition of joint employment to be included in the omnibus spending bill. Congress must pass the bill to fund the government in fiscal 2016.

The lawmakers with whom Bay met included Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

Learn more about the issue and how it could impact housing at nahb.org.

For more information, email Suzanne Beall at NAHB or call her at 800-368-5242 x8407.

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