SWACCA (Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance ) reports that twenty-two (22) Attorneys General have asked the Department of Labor (DOL) for more time to respond to the DOL’s proposed rule for determining if a worker is an employee or independent contractor. SWACCA reports:
On Tuesday, 22 state Attorneys General sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia requesting an extension of the 30-day comment deadline for DOL’s proposed rule regarding independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In the letter, the Attorneys General said that the proposed rule “raises complex legal questions of significant and longstanding public interest that require additional time to consider.” They added that the abbreviated 30-day comment period would fail the Administrative Procedures Act notice-and-comment requirements for reasoned agency decision making and, as a result, were requesting that the rule be subject to a 60-day comment period to provide enough time for public input.
The letter was signed by Attorneys General from New York, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
The full letter can be viewed here.