DOL Issues Final Rule on FLSA Independent Contractor Classification

---   On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that clarifies how to determine whether a worker is an employee who is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor who is exempt from it. The final rule becomes effective on March 8, 2021. “Economic Reality” Test Reaffirmed The final rule reaffirms an existing test under which an employer must consider whether, as a matter of economic reality, a particular worker…

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