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.
A harmonized definition of “employee” would increase the certainty that legitimate independent-contractor relationships will be respected for purposes of different federal statutes, which will liberate our nation’s independent entrepreneurs to compete on a level playing field and maximize their earnings. Once this occurs, the overall economy can begin to operate more efficiently and potentially grow at faster rates.
For more information on the Harmonization Project at the federal level, click here.