The Department of Labor affirmed its final ruling on the classification of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This final rule explicates that the core factors to be evaluated are “the nature and control over an individual’s work and the opportunity for profit or loss.” With these two elements met, the remaining…

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The Direct Selling Association presented the 2020 DSA Award winners for top honors in customer service, products, innovation and to individuals who stood out as a prominent leader in the industry in a virtual awards ceremony. The 2020 DSA Award winners include: 2020 CSR Vision for Tomorrow: Amway – Project Light Speed Excellence in Business:…

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During its Virtual Summit, Pivot 2020, the Direct Sellers Association of Canada announced the recipients of their 2020 awards. “The recipients of these awards are true champions of Canada’s direct selling industry,” says Peter Maddox, President of DSA Canada. “Each of them have enriched the lives of many Canadians through their dedication and passion. We…

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Erick Laine passed away on December 1, 2020 in Olean, New York. Laine served as DSA Chairman from 1994-1995 and as DSEF Chairman from 1995-1996. He is remembered by CUTCO/Vector Marketing Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Stitt, Jr. as a charismatic and visionary leader whose contributions to the direct selling community will resonate…

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FTC vs. Neora

Joseph N. Mariano, president and CEO of the Direct Selling Association (DSA), shared the following on the recent loss of direct selling legend Bob Brouse. With deep sadness, I write to report the loss of a direct selling industry and association leader, a recipient of the first DSEF Circle of Honor in 1988, and the 1995…

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DSA

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) has filed a brief challenging the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On October 2, DSA filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court with the United States Chamber of Commerce and National Retail Federation in FTC v. AMG Capital Management LLC. The brief supports the position of AMG Capital Management regarding an enforcement action…

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On September 23, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) hosted its annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill for independent direct sellers throughout the United States. The event took place across the country this year and participants spoke with elected representatives virtually at their homes. More than 125 direct selling distributors and executives representing 33 states met with Members…

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FTC vs. Neora

BBB National Programs’ Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC), in partnership with the Direct Selling Association (DSA),  released new Guidance on Earnings Claims that defines and identifies earnings claims to ensure all representations made by direct-selling companies or members of their salesforce comply with legal and self-regulatory standards. This new guidance is the most comprehensive ever…

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Direct Seller Independence Act

Bi-partisan members of the Congressional Direct Selling Caucus sent a letter to leadership in the House and Senate requesting relief for direct sellers in the next stimulus package to be passed by Congress. Led by Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), the letter was signed also signed by Caucus members…

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