House Democrats look to reclassify independent contractors in next coronavirus bill

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House Democrats told reporters on a conference call Monday they want to reclassify the nature of independent contractors when the next coronavirus economic relief package is negotiated.

“We intend to expand the scope of this legislation to require OSHA to protect other at-risk workers, including TSA workers, direct care workers, first responders, pharmacists, grocery store workers, and other workers at essential establishments that remain open,” Bobby Scott, chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, said.

“We’re concerned that self-employed workers, including the so-called gig economy workers who are frequently misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees, are excluded from coverage of OSHA and have few legal protections from unsafe working conditions.”