The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs is dedicated to:
- Educating the public and elected representatives about the importance of preserving an individual's right to work as an independent contractor and of a firm's right to do business with a self-employed individual,
- Increasing the public’s awareness of instances where an erosion of those rights is taking place, and
- Facilitating collective action to resist such erosion, to strengthen the recognition of independent-contractor status under the law and to enhance the level of legal certainty for those individuals and firms that enter into independent-contractor relationships.
Russell A. Hollrah
Russell A. Hollrah is an “AV” rated attorney
with a national practice dedicated to employee-benefits, employment
taxes and the specific application of those laws to contingent
workers, such as independent contractors and leased employees.
He advises firms on structuring relationships with contingent
workers, either directly or through a third-party firm. He
also defends companies against challenges to their treatment
of workers as non-employees. His practice covers both federal
and state laws.
Hollrah is the author of Alternate Staffing (PJC Publishing)
and When Leasing is Smarter than Hiring (Thompson Publishing
Group). He has published numerous articles on contingent-worker
issues and/or employee benefits issues in professional journals,
and has been quoted on contingent-worker issues in publications
such as Newsweek, Investors Business Daily, HR Magazine, IP
Magazine, Telecommute Magazine, and Tax Notes.
Hollrah served as Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee of
the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (2002-2004).
He received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland,
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he served as a Member of its Law Journal, and an LL.M. in
Taxation from Georgetown University.
Darrell Coover is the former head of the Washington, D.C.-based
government-affairs office of the National Association of Independent
Insurers, a trade association representing the property and
casualty insurance industry. Coover has been actively
involved in lobbying the U.S. Congress on independent-contractor
issues for more than twenty-five years. He was the leader
of a multi-industry coalition that is dedicated to the preservation
of independent-contractor status.