DOL Finalizes Independent Contractor Rule, But More Change May Be on the Way

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The announcement of a new final rule addressing when workers can legally be classified as independent contractors emphasizes the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) intent to bring clarity to the issue, but with a change in administration near, the question may still be up in the air.

The final rule, announced January 6, is slated to take effect on March 8. The new rule doesn’t make major changes to the current standard for determining when workers can be classified as independent contractors instead of employees, but it is seen as making it easier to justify classifying workers

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