(TargetLiberty.org) – The Biden administration has blocked a Trump rule that made it easier for people to set themselves up in the gig economy. In the name of “worker protection,” thousands of Americans could find work opportunities drying up.
Biden Administration just killed a rule that would have protected "gig economy" workers.
That opens a federal door to choice-killing regulations like this: pic.twitter.com/zpGXqzA9D4
— John Stossel (@JohnStossel) May 5, 2021
On May 5, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh released a statement announcing the withdrawal of the independent contractor rule, which allowed Uber drivers and many other gig workers to work flexibly. Instead, companies will be forced to treat them as employees.
The current administration argues that this gives them more rights; the companies – and many of the workers themselves – say it will make it harder for people to fit gig work around everything else they have going on in their lives. By increasing costs to businesses, it’s also likely to cut down the number of people they take on, which is a dubious benefit with the economy struggling to recover from the damage caused by COVID.
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