Labor Secretary Backs Employee Status for Some Gig Workers

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Reprinted from The Hill by Chris Mills Rodrigo on April 29, 2021.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh weighed in on the debate over classification of gig workers for the first time Thursday, saying that “in a lot of cases” they should be full employees rather than independent contractors.

“We are looking at it but in a lot of cases gig workers should be classified as employees,” Walsh said in an interview with Reuters.

Walsh said that “in some cases they are treated respectfully and in some cases they are not and I think it has to be consistent across the board.”

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