Fall Legal and Regulatory Conference
On October 7-8, the Direct Selling Association (DSA), hosted its annual Legal and Regulatory Seminar in Washington, D.C. The seminar brought together industry leaders to discuss legal and regulatory issues impacting the direct selling business and how companies and the Association are best positioned to respond.
Attendees heard from Andrew Smith, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission while also discussing enforcement procedures and standards DSA is working with the FTC to clarify.
A wide range of other government officials from departments and agencies with jurisdiction over issues important to direct selling addressed the more than 130 attendees. Sharon Lindan Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy, Office of Food Policy from the Food and Drug Administration presented the current legal status and the agency’s path forward on use and consumption of CBD; Nazak Nikahtar, Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, updated attendees on trade agreements and the administration’s trade policy; and Alison Kilmartin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, United States Department of Labor listed the impressive accomplishments of the department on independent work and upcoming actions.
The Seminar also had a discussion of independent work from founding members of the Coalition for Workforce Innovation; legal thought leaders discussed recent FTC enforcement actions; direct selling-focused attorneys discussed pressing legal issues; independent work professionals discussed updates on independent contractor status; and the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) examined the first year of the program and next steps.
In addition to the content-rich program, industry General Counsels and company compliance leads were able to participate in roundtable discussions discussing what’s keeping them up at night and how they are addressing these issues.