Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association issued the following statement regarding the Department of Labor's announcement of the withdrawal of their informal guidance regarding employers and independent contractors. The issued guidance would dramatically alter the traditional relationship between contractors and retail employers and upend years of settled law.
"We applaud Secretary Acosta and the Department of Labor's decision to rescind the administrative interpretation of the joint employer model issued under the previous Administration. RILA members will now have clarity and flexibility in the law to continue to create opportunities for growth and innovation in the retail industry. We look forward to working with DOL and Congress to support a clear definition of joint employment that works for retail and our workforce," said Evan Armstrong, vice president of government affairs for RILA.
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.