Department of Labor issues final rule on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act

January 9, 2024

On Tuesday, January 9, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule to help workers and employers better understand how to analyze who is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule will make it harder for companies to misclassify workers, expanding access to employee protections such as overtime pay, Social Security benefits and more. In response, SMART issued the following statement:

“Unions like SMART have long fought against the sordid practice of worker misclassification in the construction industry, where bad-faith companies categorize their workers as independent contractors in order to deprive them of the protections, benefits and pay they deserve – including minimum wage, overtime pay and workers’ compensation. This anti-worker practice has been particularly harmful to immigrants and members of underrepresented communities. The final rule issued by the DOL today will protect tens of thousands of workers across the country, and all of us at SMART applaud Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su and the Biden administration for taking action.”