Washington, DC (October 12, 2022) – On Tuesday, the Department of Labor unveiled a proposal that would make it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors, potentially gutting the gig economy and other industries.
“Democrats couldn’t get the Pro Act passed through Congress, so the Biden Administration is stepping in to gut the gig economy, penalize independent contractors, and reward labor unions. Since the pandemic started, more Americans than ever are turning to flexible work to do work they’re passionate about and supplement their income, while prioritizing their health and family. Ordinary workers, including single moms who most need the flexibility that comes with freelancing, would see their livelihoods threatened by the Labor Department proposal, reducing good job opportunities for those who need them most. Voters in deep-blue California rebuffed this heavy-handed attempt to turn contractors into employees in a ballot measure in 2020. The Biden Administration is just trying to reward the labor unions who donated over $200 million to Democrats and liberal groups in the last election cycle. The American people will pay for it with higher costs, less workplace flexibility, and less economic innovation.”