Posts Tagged ‘Joseph N. Mariano’

DSA Announces 2019 Awards Winners

In conjunction with its annual meeting, the U.S. Direct Selling Association (DSA), announced top honors to the industry’s standout companies at its 2019 DSA Awards gala in Austin, Texas. In addition, the Direct Selling Education Foundation(DSEF) announced three new inductees to its prestigious Circle of Honor. DSA Awards DSA Awards recognize the outstanding programs DSA…

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U.S. Direct Selling Annual Retail Sales Reach $35.4 Billion for 2018

According to the “DSA 2019 Growth & Outlook Report: U.S. Direct Selling in 2018” released today by the Direct Selling Association (DSA) at its Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, 2018 saw growth in retail sales, as well as the number of people selling and purchasing products and service through the direct sales channel. Growth &…

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U.S. Representative Richard Hudson Named New Co-Chair of Direct Selling Caucus

United States Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) is the new co-chair of the Congressional Direct Selling Caucus in the 116th Congress. The caucus was established in 2015 as a bipartisan forum to build greater awareness about direct selling and policy issues relevant to the business. Representative Hudson will replace outgoing co-chair U.S. Representative Marcia Blackburn (R-TN), who was elected…

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Keeping the Media Accountable

In our January 2019 issue of Direct Selling News, we published a story on some best practices to employ when responding to misleading facts about your company or negative criticism of the industry. The article illustrates that sometimes it’s better to leave things alone because it can just bring more attention to the story. But, there are times when…

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DSA Issues Statement Regarding LuLaRoe Lawsuit

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Last week, Washington state Attorney General Robert Ferguson filed an injunction against LuLaRoe, Inc., which the Attorney General described as an unlawful pyramid scheme. The complaint alleged that the LuLaRoe plan violated the Washington state Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme statute, made false and misleading earnings claims to potential and existing participants, and otherwise violated the state’s…

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DSA Establishes Third-Party Self-Regulatory Program

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The US Direct Selling Association (DSA) has announced that its Board of Directors unanimously approved the establishment of a third party self-regulatory program. The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (Direct Selling-SRC), which will be administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), is designed to ensure high standards of integrity and business ethics which remain the guiding…

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FTC Lauds Establishment of the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council

FYC Lois Greisman Speaks at DSA Fall Conference 2018

Lois Greisman, Associate Director of the Division of Marketing Practices, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lauded the establishment of the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DS-SRC) at the Direct Selling Association (DSA) Fall Conference in Arlington, VA. In addition to providing an overview of the January 2018 FTC Business Guidance Concerning Multi-Level Marketing, Associate Director Greisman characterized…

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Secretary Acosta Recognizes Independent Contractors’ Important Role

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Photo: U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta at DSA Fall Conference U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently recognized the important role independent contractors play in the American economy. Secretary Acosta presented the Trump Administration’s views on independent contractors at the Direct Selling Association Fall Conference held Nov. 12–14 in Arlington, VA. He highlighted the…

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DSA Announces Support for H.R. 7029

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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…

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Direct Sellers Meet with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) speaking to crown on Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill Day

Photo:  Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) speaking to attendees. The Direct Selling Association (DSA) hosted its annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill for independent sellers throughout the United States. More than 150 direct selling distributors and executives representing 14 DSA member companies and 28 states met with Members of Congress during Capitol Hill Day to share personal…

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