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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 →

South Dakota Becomes the Latest State to Sign a Worker Misclassification MOU

South Dakota Becomes the Latest State to Sign a Worker Misclassification MOU

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) recently expanded the reach of its worker misclassification initiative by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Labor and Management. The MOU was signed on May 24, 2016. This is the 30th MOU that the WHD has entered into… Read more →

House Small Business Committee Hearing Considers Taxes and the Sharing Economy

At a recent hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business certain Members and witnesses expressed concern that current tax laws are outdated and burdensome to companies in the “sharing economy.” The hearing, titled, “The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience for New Entrepreneurs, Part I” was held on May 24, 2016. Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) observed… Read more →

NLRB Contends Worker Misclassification is a Violation of the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) appears to be creating a new source of regulatory risk to companies doing business with independent contractors. On April 18, 2016, the Regional Director of the NLRB’s Los Angeles office issued a Complaint against a transportation company alleging, among other things, that it is an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor… Read more →

Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, H.R. 4763 and S. 2697

Companies doing business with independent contractors would be exposed to heightened civil and criminal sanctions if determined to be the employer of such contractors under the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn), H.R. 4763, and in the U.S. Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash), S. 2697…. Read more →