The Harmonization of Coverage Act, H.R. 3825, would bring much needed clarity to the definition of the term “employee,” and increase opportunities for independent entrepreneurs.
The Coalition submitted comments in response to a proposed rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor that would affect section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). The Coalition is supportive of the proposed rule as it would create a new health plan option for independent contractors by expanding access to association health plans.
In a memorandum to all Regional Directors, Officers-in-Charge and Resident Officers, new National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) General Counsel, Peter B. Robb, reversed many Obama-era initiatives, including an initiative to argue that worker misclassification violates Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).
The U.S. Senate, on December 2, passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (Senate tax reform bill) by a vote of 51-49. Importantly, the bill does not appear to contain provisions from two amendments that reportedly were intended to be offered, which would have affected independent-contractor relationships.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C., September 26, 2017 — The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs applauds Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) for introducing the Harmonization of Coverage Act of 2017, H.R. 3825. The bill will reduce the patchwork of different tests currently used to define the term employee for purposes of federal and state laws, by harmonization… Read more →