The DOL is changing its independent contractor rules. Is it a big deal? Or just, meh?

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It was bound to happen.

Early last year, just before the change in presidential administrations, the U.S. Department of Labor passed a final rule,  which amended the regulations interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act to include some language finally distinguishing independent contractors from employees.

I wrote all about it here.

The short of it was that the DOL planned to focus primarily on how much control individuals have over the work they perform and their opportunity for profit or loss. More individual control and opportunity for P&L correlates with an independent contractor relationship.

Independent contractors are not entitled to

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