Employment-DOL Withdraws Guidance On Joint Employment And Independent Contractors

Yesterday (June 7) I receive an announcement from the DOL, that the DOL is withdrawing it’s informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. This withdrawal could impact coverage of individuals under an employee benefit plan. Here is what what the announcement says:

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors.  Removal of the administrator interpretations does not change the legal responsibilities of employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, as reflected in the department’s long-standing regulations and case law. The department will continue to fully and fairly enforce all laws within its jurisdiction, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.