“An Aggressive Campaign” to Restore Workplace Protections

An article in the New York Times tracks the federal government’s recent efforts to provide additional legal protections to employees in this changing economy, including an expansion of the category of employees who are eligible for overtime.

As the U.S. Department of Labor explains, the problem is that workers are being labeled as “independent contractors,” rather than “employees.” “Employees” are better protected in the workplace because most employment laws do not apply to “independent contractors.”

Ultimately, the goal … is to determine whether a worker is economically dependent on the employer (and is therefore an employee) or is really in business for him or herself (and is therefore an independent contractor).