gig workers gain ground in worker classification protections
Last updated on January 10th, 2024 at 06:10 am
The Biden government has made a big decision to help gig workers in the U.S. They’ve put in place a new rule about work, replacing an old one from the time when Trump was in charge. This old rule made it easier for companies to call workers “independent contractors.” This caused different problems, like because these workers didn’t get important benefits, like the minimum wage and things like health coverage and paid sick days.
Gig workers, who do jobs for companies like Uber and DoorDash, have been talking a lot about this. Some like the freedom to make their own work schedule, but others feel companies are treating them unfairly. The new rule will starts from March 11. it will stop companies from wrongly classifying workers. Employers now need to think if the work done by someone is a big part of the company’s business.
There’s a big change in how employers decide if a worker is independent or not. They have to look at six things, like how much control the boss has, if special skills are needed, how long the worker has been with the company, and if the worker has invested, like buying a car. Some might need to call these workers regular employees instead of contractors.It’s good to know that this new rule isn’t as powerful as laws made by Congress or state governments. It just gives an idea of who should get protections under a law from 1938 called the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Despite leaked news affecting financial markets on Monday, with Uber and Lyft shares rebounding, the long-term implications of the rule remain to be seen as companies navigate these changes in worker classification.