Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs Praises DOL Action Withdrawing Administrator’s Interpretations

The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs is very appreciative of the action announced today by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to withdraw Administrator’s Interpretation 2015-1. This Obama-Administration guidance document represented a significant expansion of the “economic realities” test used to define the term “employee” for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which created substantial uncertainty as to… Read more →

Executive Order Creates New Opportunities

A new Executive Order that President Trump issued on February 24, 2017, provides stakeholders with new opportunities for pursuing their administrative objectives.[1] The Executive Order requires the “head of each agency” to designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (“RRO”) within 60 days of the date of the order. Each RRO is responsible for overseeing its agency’s regulatory… Read more →

Coalition’s Recommended DOL Regulatory Priorities for 2017

Rescind Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 (Jul. 15, 2015), issued by Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil – Restating “Economic Realities” Test for Worker Status. This item of administrative guidance was issued outside of the notice and comment rulemaking process created by the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), without any advance notice to, or input from, the regulated community. The guidance,… Read more →

Special Report: States Enact Legislation Having a Mixed Effect on Independent Contractors

Continuing the trend of recent years, independent-contractor status has remained a focus of state lawmakers during the first half of 2016. This continued attention has resulted in several recently enacted bills that will have a mixed effect on independent contractors and their clients. Thus far this year, generally helpful bills have been enacted that clarify the independent- contractor status of… Read more →