Changes to Independent Contractor Laws are Threatening Millions of American Jobs
Proposed changes to independent contractor laws and other federal and state actions are threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans.
The independent contractor model offers numerous benefits to the economy and to contractors themselves. However, a multi-front assault on the independent contractor laws that allow these hardworking individuals to earn a living is intensifying at both national and state levels. State and federal agencies are trying to prohibit companies from working with independent contractors. They are also trying to force many small business owners who enjoy being their own bosses to work as employees instead.
If these dangerous efforts succeed, they could result in devastating consequences to the economy, millions of lost jobs and the disruption of vital services.
The Federal Threat
- The U.S. Department of Labor is planning a $1.9 million national survey intended to make it more difficult for independent contractors and the companies that engage their services to work together.
- President Barack Obama’s budget has called for the IRS to raise an additional $7.3 billion in federal taxes by reclassifying independent contractors as employees.
- Small businesses in particular are being targeted. Why? It’s much easier to prosecute them.
The State Threat
- Legislation has been proposed or approved in 28 states that calls for more stringent requirements for contractor classification and harsh penalties for violations.
- Some state attorneys general and state agencies are taking steps to severely curtail many businesses that depend on independent contractors.
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