IFDA Government Relations

IFDA works on Capitol Hill as the industry's voice on federal policy. We also keep our members informed about legislation and regulation that will impact foodservice distributors.

IFDA dedicates resources to make sure lawmakers and agencies in Washington understand the impact of their actions on distributors. IFDA also keeps our members informed about government policy, provides grassroots leadership to connect our members with Congress, and is a valuable resource to our members when they face a challenge from government.

In addition to direct lobbying, IFDA also represents distributor interests through coalition work, and provides IFDA members with information and resources to understand government policy affecting their business.


2.27.18 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacated a decision overturning the Obama Administration’s joint employer rule. The action comes in response to an NLRB Inspector General’s report that concluded that Board Member William Emmanuel should have recused himself from the decision due to his previous ties with a law firm involved in a matter related to the case.  As a result of the decision, the Obama Board’s joint employer policy remains in effect. Under this policy, indirect control of working conditions could be sufficient to create a joint employer relationship. Legislation to overturn this policy passed the House but has not seen action in the Senate.