Attorney General James Leads Fight Against Trump Administration’s Attempts to Undermine Workplace Protections

Posted to Applied Web NY on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 15:23

AG James and Coalition Oppose Proposed DOL Rule That Would Strip Workers of Key Protections

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced she has co-led a coalition of 24 attorneys general, in addition to the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and city agencies in New York and Chicago, in calling on the Trump Administration to stop the implementation of a proposed rule that would strip workers of key protections provided under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rule — issued by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) — would make it easier for employers to change the classification of workers from employees to independent contractors, removing these workers from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and increasing taxes and other out-of-pocket costs for workers. Attorney General James and the coalition yesterday sent a comment letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia calling on the DOL to withdraw the rule and ensure the protection of U.S. workers.

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