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.


6.28.17 The President has announced the nomination of Littler Mendelson attorney William Emanuel to fill the final vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board. The nomination of Marvin Kaplan was announced last week and together they will create a Republican majority on the Board for the first time in nine years once they are confirmed by the Senate.  

6.8.17 The Department of Labor has announced it is withdrawing guidance that established new standards for determining joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the guidance, the Wage and Hour division took a far more expansive view of joint employer relationships making it more likely that contractors and franchised businesses would be considered joint employers This could have made franchisors responsible for actions of franchisees. The withdrawal does not impact the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning Ferris decision which redefined the joint employer relationship on matters under the Board’s jurisdiction such as union activity and unfair labor practice charges. A summary from IFDA counsel is available here.  

6.5.17 Gordon Food Service hosted House Speaker Paul Ryan at its Kenosha, Wisconsin distribution center. Barry Bates, regional vice president - US distribution for GFS, provided an overview of the foodservice distribution industry and a tour of the warehouse. During the visit, Bates and Rep. Ryan discussed issues of concern for the industry, such as tax reform, healthcare and the driver shortage. Full story