Department of Labor Withdraws Recent Independent Contractor Misclassification Guidance

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Department of Labor Withdraws Recent Independent Contractor Misclassification Guidance
June 12th, 2017

The US Department of Labor issued a news release on June 7, 2017 announcing that it is withdrawing two recent administrative interpretations relating to misclassification of independent contractors and joint employment. These guidelines were widely interpreted as expanding the definition of an employee, thereby increasing the possibility of misclassification cases, and also expanding the concept of joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Federal Legislation Introduced to Advance Portable Benefits for Independent Workers
June 7th, 2017

In late May, US Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia) and US Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Washington) introduced legislation designed to test and evaluate portable benefit models designed for the independent workforce. The legislation proposes to establish a grant fund to incentivize states, localities and nonprofit organizations to experiment with portable benefits models.

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