Text: H.R.7159 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/16/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7159


To clarify the rights of not-for-profit religious employers under the National Labor Relations Act.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 16, 2018

Mr. Francis Rooney of Florida (for himself and Mr. Rokita) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To clarify the rights of not-for-profit religious employers under the National Labor Relations Act.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Freedom For Religious Communities Act”.

SEC. 2. Exemption for not-for-profit religious organizations.

Section 2 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 152) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2), by inserting “or any not-for-profit religious organization,” after “subdivision thereof,”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(15) The term ‘not-for-profit religious organization’ means—

“(A) any church, religious corporation, ecclesiastical corporation, corporation sole, non-profit corporation, unincorporated association, foundation, or other entity that is organized for religious purposes or carries out religious activities and is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or

“(B) any not-for-profit entity affiliated with, or owned, operated, or controlled, directly or indirectly, by a recognized religious organization, or with an entity, membership of which is determined, at least in part, with reference to religion, and that is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.”.