The Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors was withdrawn effective June 7, 2017.

A June 7 article in Forbes describes the move and provides detailed background information.

Removal of the two administrator interpretations does not change the legal responsibilities of employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act or Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, as reflected in the department’s long-standing regulations and case law.

The Department will continue to fully and fairly enforce all laws within its jurisdiction including the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.