Lawmakers are likely to revisit the issue of independent contractors, despite years of failed efforts to find a resolution. Labor organizations have complained that some businesses misclassify employees as independent contractors, thereby circumventing employee benefits such as social security. Business organizations don’t oppose simplifying the law, but they object to legislation that would enact barriers to the use of legitimate independent contractors.
The Department of Labor has engaged in some effort to find middle ground, but a solution will likely not be reached until the administration makes the issue a greater priority. The most likely framework would involve the pre-certification of sole contractors who can meet certain tests of independence.