The Role of Employer Associations

by Tom Gresham; Updated September 26, 2017

Employer associations are nonprofit organizations that advocate and provide support for a group of member employers. Employer associations can be organized around central components such as geography, size, or type of organization. Employer associations pool their collective resources so costs can be shared by multiple members. Employer associations are voluntary for their members.

Advocacy and Support

Employer associations may help its members navigate the legal landscape, including working with them to remain up-to-date on changing state and federal laws. Some may offer routine human resources services. They may also offer training for members and provide recruitment support. Employer associations sometimes advocate on topics of interest for their members, presenting a collaborative voice to officials and others. Through research, including through surveys and other association-wide efforts, employer associations can acquire useful information for its members. The associations are designed to help members develop relationships with each other through forums, newsletters, and social events. Some employer associations collectively bargain for their members.

About the Author

Tom Gresham is a freelance writer and public relations specialist who has been writing professionally since 1999. His articles have appeared in "The Washington Post," "Virginia Magazine," "Vermont Magazine," "Adirondack Life" and the "Southern Arts Journal," among other publications. He graduated from the University of Virginia.