Federal News

Coalition Submits Comments Concerning Proposed Rule Affecting Association Health Plans

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.

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 →

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Representatives Committee on Small Business certain Members and witnesses expressed concern that current tax laws are outdated and burdensome to companies in the “sharing economy.”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 →