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DOL withdraws guidance on joint employers and independent contractors

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In June 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta withdrew the informal guidance given by the Obama administration regarding joint employment and independent contractor classification. In a press release, the DOL stated  that “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,” and “the department will continue to fully and fairly enforce all laws within its jurisdiction.” This move to revoke guidance shows steps toward a business-leaning DOL in contrast with the Obama administration who worked to expand worker’s rights like overtime pay.