Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation
Wage and Hour Division
U.S. Department of Labor
Comments on RIN 1235-AA43: Employee or Independent Contractor Classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Dear Ms. DeBisnaomischop:
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) submits these comments in support of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) on the status of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
NELA is the largest professional membership organization in the country comprised of lawyers who represent employees in labor, employment, wage and hour, and civil rights disputes. Our mission is to advance employee rights and serve lawyers who advocate for equality and justice. NELA and its 69 circuit, state, and local affiliates have a membership of over 4,000 attorneys. NELA has filed numerous amicus curiae briefs before the United States Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts, as well as comments on relevant Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. Our members are the lawyers who represent workers who are misclassified as independent contractors, and consequently deprived of the most basic protections of the FLSA and other employment and civil rights laws. Thus, NELA has both an interest in, and … Read More