Biden’s latest salvo against independent contracting derives from California’s disastrous AB 5

Source: Orange County Register
by Karen Anderson

“Like Dante’s Inferno, Biden’s new anti-independent contractor rule — totaling a mind-numbing 339 pages — casts tens of millions of independent professionals into a regulatory hellscape where the fate of countless livelihoods and careers is at stake. Published by DOL on January 10, 2024, the Final Rule is inspired by California’s infamous Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5). The Final Rule’s six factors (plus an open-ended, mysterious seventh factor) will determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. When the rule goes into effect this March, California’s Petri dish of bad ideas will continue to metastasize nationwide.” (02/07/24)