Washington, D.C., June 7, 2018 – Data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), in its report titled CONTINGENT AND ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS — MAY 2017, confirm that independent contractors “overwhelmingly prefer their work arrangement (79 percent) to traditional jobs.”
The Coalition submitted a Statement for the Record concerning a May 16, 2018, hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means titled Hearing Series on Tax Reform: Growing Our Economy and Creating Jobs.
A Coalition letter with 22 signers was submitted today urging relevant House Committee and Subcommittee Chairmen and Ranking Members to support and swiftly consider H.R. 3825, the Harmonization of Coverage Act of 2017. The bill would harmonize the definition of the term “employee” for purposes of federal statutes by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to adopt a “common law” test for defining the term.
The Coalition submitted a Statement for the Record concerning an April 28, 2018, hearing before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on “Early Impressions of the New Tax Law.”
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.