National Restaurant Association Statement on Independent Contractor Status Final Rule
Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule adjusting the standard of whether an employee is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The National Restaurant Association supports the final rule as it will bring much needed clarity to the identification of covered employees and the overall structure of business relationships.
“This final rule provides much needed direction to restaurant operators to help them more easily determine whether an individual who provide services is properly classified as an independent contractor,” said Shannon Meade, vice president of public policy and legal advocacy. “It also recognizes that these individuals choose independent contract work to have the freedom and flexibility to chart their own path to economic stability and success.”
This is the first time that the DOL has addressed the growing segment of independent contractors in the American workforce.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of maintaining the opportunities that allow American workers to pursue their own initiatives,” said Meade. “When restaurants were forced to quicky pivot their operations, these entrepreneuring individuals were available to deliver goods and services, as well as meals to individuals. The off-premises opportunities created by the pandemic will continue in the future, and this rule will make it easier for operators and independent contractors to grow and thrive with that demand.”