U.S. Chamber Applauds Dept. of Labor's Final Rule on Independent Contractors

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 9:00am

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauded the Department of Labor’s final rule on the determination of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule will become effective in 60 days.

“The new regulation provides a balanced analysis for determining when a worker is an independent contractor or employee under the FLSA," said Glenn Spencer, Senior Vice President of Employment Policy at the U.S. Chamber. "By giving employers and employees greater clarity, and providing a modern interpretation of what it means to be an independent contractor, the regulation will increase the opportunities for single parents to control their schedules and raise their kids, ex-offenders to reenter the workforce, and help military spouses generate earnings as they move from place to place."

“The statutes around independent contracting are decades old and don’t reflect changes in technology, the workplace, or current workplace structures. The Department’s rulemaking is an important step, but Congress should go even further and update our laws for the 21st Century.”