The Independent Bakers Association applauds U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for their leadership in introducing the Modern Worker Empowerment Act. A companion to an identical bill introduced in the House of Representatives in July, the bill will address the outdated worker classification standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The bills come as a response to the Democratic-sponsored PRO Act, which alters the FLSA worker classification standard so it mirrors California's radical new wage and hour legislation--which heightens the standard for classification as a legitimate independent contractor. The National Law Review Journal recently praised the Modern Worker Empowerment Act as a better path forward than the PRO Act.
In a letter to the bill's champion, IBA President Nick Pyle expressed support for the bill and provided further perspective on its potential benefits to the baking industry. We encourage all IBA members to contact their legislator to express support for the Modern Worker Empowerment Act. The IBA government relations team is available to facilitate your outreach. Contact Andrea Hart by replying to this message to learn more.