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In The Clear?

A bill to ease National Labor Relations Board action against small business is up for a fourth time. Will it pass?

This story appears in the August 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The effort by Republicans to remove a large swath of small businesses from the jurisdiction of the National Relations Board () has picked up unspoken support. H.R. 1620 would modify the gross receipts thresholds, established in 1959, which determine whether unionized employees in a can bring unfair labor practice complaints to the NLRB. By bumping up the numbers for inflation, fewer would have to worry about action from the NLRB.

H.R. 1620 would increase the thresholds significantly. The threshold for would increase from $500,000 to $2.7 million. For nonretail businesses, it would rise from $50,000 to $275,773. Unionized employees at companies with gross receipts below those thresholds could still file complaints in state courts.

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