Looking at Independent Work from Different Perspectives: A Discussion with the Coalition for Workforce Innovation
Join members of the Coalition to discuss their ideas for in these policy conversations that could have a once in a generation impact on independent work.
The Coalition for Workforce Innovation is bringing together a broad, diverse group of stakeholders to modernize federal workforce policy to treat new and existing independent work in ways that enhance the freedom and economic opportunities provided these workers.
The Coalition seeks to educate policymakers on the benefits of the evolution of independent work for workers, employers and the economy as well as opportunities to enhance those relationships by modernizing existing federal workforce policy for the benefit of workers, consumers, businesses and the economy.
Evan Armstrong, Vice President of Workforce, Retail Industry Leaders Association
Brian Bennett, Vice President Government Affairs and Policy, Direct Selling Association
Carl Camden, Founder and President, iPSE-U.S.
Hollie Heikkinen, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, iWorker Innovations
Update and Insights on Recent Federal Trade Commission Enforcement Actions
Direct selling is one of the many businesses under the purview of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ensure consumers are protected and ethical business standards are followed. 2019 has seen significant activity by the FTC that all companies should be aware of to update senior leadership and determine if their companies need to reexamine the business structures. In house and outside attorneys will discuss these developments and advise on what the actions mean for direct selling companies and if shifts are needed to marketing, advertising, and compensation plans.
View of Trade from the Trump Administration
The Trump administration has been active renegotiating trade agreements and revising policies for partners across the globe. A senior administration official will discuss the prospects for future policies and agreements for markets around the world.
General Counsel/Outside Counsel Forum
This panel of leading legal minds will discuss a variety of policy and business topics that should be top priorities for the legal department in any direct selling company. Audience members will have the opportunity to get panelists’ thoughts on the questions they need answered.
Developments in Independent Contractor Status: Are Direct Sellers at Risk?
Newly enacted regulations in Massachusetts requiring Paid Family Medical Leave for independent contractors and codification of 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex v. Superior Court are two of the most important developments to independent contractor status in decades. Speakers will discuss how direct sellers are positioned in comparison to other businesses utilizing independent contractors and other legal and legislative developments.
Food and Drug Administration Position on CBD
The CBD market is projected to be $20 billion by 2024. Direct selling companies have already started selling and researching how they might offer products with these ingredients. But, the legal standard regarding CBD is at best unclear. The United States Food and Drug Administration will detail current developments and state of the law on sales, marketing and research on these materials.
State of the 2020 Election: Opportunities and Challenges for Direct Selling
With the first votes of the 2020 Presidential election set to be counted in only 3 months who is the current favorite to be President Trump’s Democratic opponent. How will the top of the ticket impact the elections for the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives—will Republicans once again have control of all levers of power, or will Democrats have a wave election by taking the White House and Senate? Hear from a prominent political speaker with inside knowledge on how they see the election and predictions for 2020.
Insights from the Federal Trade Commission
A senior official from the Federal Trade Commission will address conference attendees and provide guidance to the industry on ensuring continued compliance with legal and regulatory standards. The Commission will also offer insights on the interplay between the agency, direct sellers and marketplace standards.
United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division: Position on Independent Work
The United States Wage and Hour Division is the primary agency inside the Department of Labor responsible for developing guidance and standards on classification of independent contractors. The Division has been extremely active in the past 12 months defining the government’s position on independent work in a variety of arrangements. A senior official from the Division will speak about guidance already issued and how it has positively impacted direct sellers.
Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council: One Year Down
About to conclude its first year, the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council has proactively worked with direct selling companies to ensure income, product, and lifestyle claims abide by government standards to ensure the marketplace is acting ethically. This will help obviate the need for government action and provide businesses with clarity going forward. Peter Marinello, Executive Director of the program will discuss the ongoing compliance needed for companies and offer his insights on the program after the first year of operation.