The Direct Selling Association (DSA) announced today that it supports enactment of the Preserving Direct Seller Independence Act of 2018, H.R. 7029.
Introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), the legislation would clearly define direct sellers as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) consistent with the Internal Revenue Service Code.
DSA President Joseph N. Mariano applauded Rep. Walberg for introducing this important legislation and noted that “as Congress examines the evolving gig economy, we trust that the independent contractor status of direct sellers as America’s Original Entrepreneurs continue to be supported.”
The independent contractor status of direct sellers is a long-recognized aspect of the business model that was affirmed for federal tax purposes in 1983 under 26 USC 3508 (b)(2) of the IRS Code and is reflected in state law. H.R. 7029 would incorporate the same language in the FLSA and reinforce the long-standing treatment of direct sellers as independent contractors under federal labor law.
Direct selling offers a low-risk way to participate in a fast-growing economy. People typically sell to their neighbors, friends and relatives on a part-time basis. H.R. 7029 allows these independent salespeople to continue engaging in this dynamic retail channel.