Summary

A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to ensure that employees are not misclassified as non-employees, and for other purposes. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Apr 8, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to ensure that employees are not misclassified as non-employees, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Payroll Fraud Prevention Act''.

SEC. 2. CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AND NON-EMPLOYEES.

(a) Definitions.--Section 3 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 203) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(z) `Non-employee' means an individual who-- ``(1) a person has engaged, in the course of the person's trade or business, for the performance of labor or services; and ``(2) is not an employee of the person. ``(aa) `Covered individual' when used with respect to an employer or other person means-- ``(1) an employee of the employer; or ``(2) a non-employee of the person (including a person who is an employer)-- ``(A) whom the person has engaged, in the course of the person's trade or business, for the performance of labor or services; and ``(B)(i) with respect to whom the person is required to file an information return under section 6041A(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or ``(ii) who is providing labor or services to the person through an entity that is a trust, estate, partnership, association, company, or corporation (as such terms are used in section 7701(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) if-- ``(I) such individual has an ownership...

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H.R. 3178 and S. 770 would have a dramatic chilling effect on independent contractors and their clients in the research profession, significantly increasing the regulatory risk and administrative burden of doing business with independent contractors. The bills effectively constitute regulatory intimidation by threatening firms with draconian financial penalties and burdensome administrative duties if they choose to do business with sole proprietors. MRA is opposed to H.R. 3178 and S. 770, and the inclusion of their provisions in any final product from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

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Bill Summary

A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to ensure that employees are not misclassified as non-employees, and for other purposes.

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