Obama’s Wage Enforcer Won’t Hail an Uber Over Workers’ Status

Jan. 12, 2017, 3:16 PM

President Barack Obama’s outgoing wage and hour enforcement chief says fellow Democrats who want to revamp labor laws to accommodate the gig economy are making a big mistake.

“If your business model is unsustainable and incompatible with basic notions of what we do as a matter of law, then you’ve got a problem with your business model,” David Weil, administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, said in an interview. Too much of the policy conversation about the “future of work,” he says, amounts to companies seeking to cut corners—which is nothing new.

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