Greater Memphis Chamber's Wage Theft Ordinance Position Statement

Release date: 1/14/2013

The Greater Memphis Chamber believes that for the City of Memphis and Shelby County to continue its momentum of progress and sustained economic vitality, it is essential to our business community that the Shelby County Commission does not pass the Wage Theft Ordinance. 

Members of the business community – especially small business owners – are already struggling during this challenging economy and view this as an extra layer of bureaucracy.  If passed, the Wage Theft Ordinance will require valuable time and financial resources to even refute meritless claims. Additionally, we believe that in the competitive marketplace of recruiting new companies to our area, this type of legislation can give the misimpression that we are over regulating business and industry.

The Greater Memphis Chamber will continue to be an active partner offering input in the information gathering and decision making process.  The Greater Memphis Chamber will continue collaborating with all economic development entities to encourage and foster aggressive business growth that is essential for a healthy and vibrant Memphis/Shelby County.

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.