Bloomberg Law
April 21, 2021, 4:01 PM

Biden Acting Wage Chief Looman Steers Agency to Enforcement Mode

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

Jessica Looman spent her first three months as President Joe Biden’s top wage regulator erasing Trump-era rules, but she says the flurry of activity hasn’t prevented a forward-looking enforcement agenda.

As principal deputy administrator of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, Looman oversaw proposed withdrawals of a pair of industry-backed rules that would’ve made it easier to classify workers as independent contractors and narrowed the circumstances in which multiple companies are joint employers who share liability for wage violations.

Division investigators will now forge ahead by focusing on independent contractor misclassification and joint employment relationships when they police ...

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