DOL Finds Gig-Workers Not Protected By FLSA


Last week, the Department of Labor issued an opinion letter finding that that at least some gig-economy workers can be properly classified as independent contractors — not employees — and thus are not covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This opinion letter is in stark contrast to the DOL’s prior position and to other decisions regarding the proper classification of gig-workers. You can read more about the Department of Labor’s recent opinion letter here.