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Business Leaders Tell Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta to Set Higher Workplace Standards:

For Immediate Release: 
March 21, 2017

“Businesses thrive when we build an economy with opportunity for all. A strong Department of Labor is vital to a high-road economy.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (March 21, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, calls for Secretary of Labor nominee Alexander Acosta to push for an economy based on high-road employers at his hearing Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“The next Secretary of Labor should continue to push for the highest workplace standards instead of setting the bar at the lowest common denominator.

“The world of work is changing fast; in many cases, for the better. More and more companies see the value in becoming better employers and are adding benefits like paid leave or sick days, child care, and an ownership stake for employees. These high-road employers see their employees, the communities in which they operate, and the products and services they provide as equally important ingredients in their financial success.

“Businesses thrive when we build  an economy with opportunity for all. A strong Department of Labor is vital to a high-road economy.”

ASBC brings together the public and private sectors to help accelerate use of employee-enhancing practices. Its “High Road Workplace Project: Policy Solutions for a Sustainable Economy," works to expand incentives for business practices that maximize employee productivity. Based on a set of 10 far-reaching principles, high-road business practices include providing family-friendly benefits, paying a living and fair wage, and governing the business fairly and transparently.

More information about the High Road Workplace Project may be found here: http://asbcouncil.org/action-center/campaigns/principles-high-road-employers .

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org