Backgrounder

Modern Worker Empowerment Act

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Independent Contractor, Republican bill

Bill name: Modern Worker Empowerment Act
Bill sponsor: H.R. 4069, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Phil Roe (R-TN)
S. 2973, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Summary:  The Modern Worker Empowerment Act seeks to update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to better address the current economy and encourage additional growth. Specifically, the bill would redefine the FLSA’s definition of “employee” as that determined by the common law test, harmonizing the definition of “employee” across federal statute for independent contractors and small businesses. The bill sponsors argue the FLSA “has not kept pace, creating a patchwork of regulations that limit opportunities for individuals to achieve economic success.”

Bill Status:  The Modern Worker Empowerment Act was introduced in the House on July 25, 2019, and Senate on December 4, 2019. No legislative action has occurred since introduction.

 

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Also related: RAISE Act

Also related:  Five Pro-Worker Policies That Can Jumpstart the American Economy

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Additional Resources

Letter to Congress: Modern Worker Empowerment Act
September 12, 2019
IECoalition.org, Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs
https://files.constantcontact.com/fb477d60301/ca988edd-ace2-4aaa-87f5-d19062c07954.pdf

 

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