House Republicans Ask DOL to Withdraw Independent Contractor Rule

From SHRM, reports that Republicans in the United States House of Representatives have asked the United States Department of Labor to withdraw its recent new independent contractor rule. Allen writes:

Republican members of the House of Representatives urged Jessica Looman, administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division, to withdraw the DOL’s independent contractor rule at a Feb. 14 hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The rule takes effect March 11.

It’s time for a “course correction” at the DOL, said Rep. Kevin Kiley, R-Calif. He called on the Biden administration to replace acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, emphasizing that the Senate declined to confirm her nomination last year. As Kiley urged withdrawal of the independent contractor rule—currently being challenged in the courts—he said he’d introduce a resolution of disapproval to nullify it.

Throughout the hearing, Looman focused on child labor violations. She noted, for example, that the DOL has had success enforcing child labor laws at a food manufacturing facility, meatpacking facility and auto manufacturer.

However, Kiley kept the hearing’s focus on the independent contractor rule. He said it would be “extremely harmful” to workers and small businesses, predicting it would deprive millions of independent contractors of their livelihoods.

In response, Looman said the U.S. economy is strongest when employees are paid what they earned on their payday. She said the vast majority of employers want to comply, but the final rule would help “protect employees misclassified as independent contractors.”

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