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The DOL Unveils Final Rule Narrowing Independent Contractor Status

Last week, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released the final version of the Employee or Independent Contractor Classification (the “Final Rule”). The Final Rule is published in the Federal Register and will take effect on March 11, 2024.

The Final Rule rescinds the broader rule issued during former President Donald Trump’s presidency, which focused heavily on the worker’s control over the work and opportunity for profit or loss in determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the Final Rule, the following six factors are to be considered in this analysis: (1) the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss; (2) investments made by the worker and the potential employer; (3) the degree of permanence of the work relationship; (4) the nature and degree of the potential employer’s control over the work; (5) the extent to which the work performed is “integral” to the potential employer’s business; and (6) the worker’s skill and initiative. The Final Rule states that no single factor is dispositive and the “totality of the circumstances” should be considered.

The Final Rule has major ramifications for businesses because workers found to be misclassified as independent contractors are entitled to recover minimum wage, overtime pay, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees under the FLSA. Accordingly, employers should review their independent contractor agreements and classifications of workers in light of the Final Rule.

Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Labor & Employment Group is available to answer any questions and provide counsel on whether workers are properly classified as independent contractors under the Final Rule. Feel free to forward the Labor & Employment Alerts to others who might be interested. If you have questions, please send an e-mail or call us. 

  • AmyJo "AJ"  Foreman
    Associate

    AmyJo "AJ" Foreman is an associate in the litigation section. Her practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, labor & employment, and appellate matters.

    AJ graduated from the University of Houston Law Center where she was ...

  • Bennett R. Huddleston
    Associate

    Bennett Huddleston is an associate in the Litigation section. His practice focuses primarily on Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment. Bennett's background and experiences has prepared him to be an effective advocate and ...

  • Brittney  Williams
    Senior Counsel

    Brittney Williams is a Senior Counsel whose practice primarily focuses on complex labor and employment, and commercial litigation. She provides a full range of labor and employment law services to her clients, including ...

  • C. Larry  Carbo, III
    Shareholder

    Larry Carbo maintains an active, nationwide commercial litigation practice and has tried over 30 cases to final verdict in state court, federal court and before arbitration tribunals. Larry focuses on the representation of ...

  • Diana Pérez Gomez
    Shareholder

    Diana Gomez is a talented trial attorney with extensive experience in civil lawsuits in state and federal courts. She focuses on complex labor and employment disputes by providing a full range of employment law services to her ...

  • Elizabeth A. Feeney
    Associate

    Elizabeth "Liz" Feeney is an associate in the Commercial Litigation section, focusing primarily on labor and employment matters. She graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law and began her career at a mid-sized firm in Fort Worth ...

  • Hannah  Strawser
    Associate

    Hannah Strawser is an associate in the Houston office and a member of the Firm's Commercial Litigation section, focusing primarily on labor and employment matters.

    Hannah attended the University of Houston Law Center where she was ...

  • Julie R. Offerman
    Shareholder

    Julie is an experienced litigation attorney in Chamberlain’s Houston office. She has substantial experience defending employers nationwide in wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits, including matters involving ...

  • Kellen R. Scott
    Shareholder

    Mr. Scott maintains a general civil litigation practice in state and federal courts, with particular emphasis on employment law, governmental defense, and civil rights.

    His practice includes the defense of employers and ...

  • Leslie T. Tan
    Senior Counsel

    Leslie Tan is an experienced attorney specializing in labor and employment matters and complex civil litigation. Ms. Tan enjoys guiding employers through challenging situations, from counseling on daily operations to ...

  • Lucas  Meng
    Associate

    Lucas Meng joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Commercial Litigation practice, specializing in labor and employment. He is an active litigator in federal and state court, where he defends clients in a wide variety of employment law ...