Bloomberg Law
Jan. 6, 2021, 2:00 PM

Employers’ Gig Worker Win May be Short-Lived Under Biden

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The Trump administration cemented a long-anticipated final rule that gives businesses a clearer path to classify workers as independent contractors, forcing President-elect Joe Biden‘s team to make early decisions on a critical employment policy debate.

The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday established a simpler legal standard for when employers may classify workers as independent contractors rather than as employees, who are covered by federal minimum wage and overtime law. This regulation has been a priority of the business lobby and DOL political leaders who are eager to slow Democrats’ momentum behind policies that force businesses to reclassify independent contractors ...

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