The Department of Labor signaled a shift in wage policy when it withdrew two Wage and Hour Division administrative interpretations regarding independent contractors and joint employment. The policies had heightened the scrutiny of employers regarding how they classify their workers as employees  and expanded the standards for determining joint employment with contractors and other related organizations. The Trump administration’s withdrawal of the guidance does little to affect existing law, but it may signal a less aggressive approach to the enforcement of this aspect of the wage and hours laws when compared to the Obama administration.

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