WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the comment period for a proposed Department of Labor (DOL) independent contractor rule comes to a close on December 13, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) will host a press call to highlight how the regulations would impact the U.S. freelance workforce, which now boasts 64.6 million independent professionals who want the flexibility and freedom to make their own work schedules.

Participants on the call include a number of Congressional House Committee on Education and Labor members, independent contractors including a worker who lost her opportunity for employment and a 20-year seasonal Santa Claus whose work was slashed because of similar policies (AB5) imposed in California; and economic policy experts. 

The call will take place Friday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET.


To attend the call, register HERE.

Participants include:

  • Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican leader of the House Education & Labor Committee 
  • Representative Michelle Steel (R-CA)
  • Representative Fred Keller (R-PA)
  • Representative Rick Allen (R-GA)
  • Karen Anderson, freelancer writer and photographer
  • Jennifer O’Connell, freelance writer, yoga instructor, and career reinvention coach
  • Patrick Turnbull, retired landscape contractor and 20-year seasonal Santa Claus
  • Patrice Onwuka, director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at Independent Women’s Forum
  • Austen Bannan, senior policy analyst in employment at Americans for Prosperity
  • Carrie Lukas, president of Independent Women’s Forum

Press briefing to discuss the consequences for workers if the Department of Labor’s rule on classifying employees and independent contractors becomes law.

*This call is on the record and reportable.

FRIDAY, December 9, 2022

1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT)

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Meghan Agostinelli at [email protected]

To explore IWF’s Chasing Work project featuring real stories of workers — graphic designers, florists, transcriptionists, singers, writers, and more — impacted by job-killing regulations, click here

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