Are you concerned about using independent contractors now that the U.S. Department of Labor has made it clear that workers are employees if they depend on one company for their livelihoods?
If so, there may be some good news on the horizon. There is growing momentum toward a redefinition of the employment relationship, blending some elements of traditional employment with other aspects more closely identified with contracted work.
Credit the realities of the new so-called sharing economy.
Caution! Don’t get too excited yet—or complacent. It will take time for a fix to be codified into law.
The National League of Cities (NLC)—which represents cities, towns and other municipalities in the United States—has proposed a new, hybrid form of employment that is neither a strict employment model or a strict contractor model.
An NLC survey of its members found that a majority of mayors and city administrators saw great potential for their local economies in the sharing economy. Uber, Lyft and services like Task Rabbit are, the NLC claims, increasing employment and innovation in member cities.
In order to encourage the sharing economy, the NLC believes that employers shouldn’t have to risk DOL scrutiny for workers who prefer the independence and flexibility that such jobs provide.
Learn more at the NLC's website.