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Peter Walrod is an Associate in Vedder Price’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment groups.

Mr. Walrod’s experience includes serving as a judicial extern at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges and as an intern at the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division.

On January 9, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule creating the test for independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule marks the rescission of the Trump administration’s more employer-friendly rule and revives the likeness of prior tests that are more likely to classify workers as employees

On October 11, 2022, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) unveiled a proposed rule to define the test for independent contractor status under federal wage and hour law.  The proposed rule is the latest in a series of back-and-forth political maneuverings and seeks to replace a proposed Trump administration regulation that sought to classify workers as independent contractors if they own their own businesses or have the ability to work for competing companies (the “Contractor Rule”).  The DOL’s new proposal mirrors guidance from the Obama administration that the Trump administration had sought to withdraw and replace with a more business-friendly test.  Continue Reading DOL’s Proposed Independent Contractor Rule Would Classify More Workers As Employees