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Why independent contracting is important, and why it should be protected

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Why independent contracting is important, and why it should be protected

11.16.20 07:00 AM

Independent contracting has grown significantly over the past several years, up 22 percent from 2001 to 2016. Unfortunately, the increased popularity of these work arrangements has engendered calls from federal and state lawmakers to regulate them.** These regulations will hurt millions of American workers who enjoy the flexibility freelance work provides, according to Erica Jedynak, director of economic opportunity at Stand Together.** In the following Q&A, Jedynak explains what independent contracting is, why so many Americans enjoy this type of work, and why efforts to reclassify independent contractors as fulltime employees will make them worse off, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.** What is an independent contractor? What distinguishes independent contractors from full-time employees?*** Independent contractors contract their services outside the direct control of payers/employers. Independent contractors include gig economy workers, freelancers, many self-employed entrepreneurs, and workers in diverse professions from yoga instructors to hair stylists to optometrists.*** Independent contracting allows individuals to enjoy flexible working arrangements that empower them to chart their own career success and create a life that works for them. This means working mothers and fathers, college students, recent graduates, and others can provide valued services in transportation, health care, food delivery, and other industries, while […]

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