WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independent Women’s Forum’s (IWF) Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) calls attention to the devastating new independent contractor rule from the Biden administration’s Department of Labor (DOL), which goes into effect today, on March 11. The rule threatens tens of millions of Americans who depend on flexible work arrangements, including self-employment, gig work, and freelancing. 

In a coalition statement, Director of IWF’s Center for Economic Opportunity Patrice Onwuka said, “The days when stay-at-home mothers can earn a living or pick up a side hustle to add extra income for their families are in peril. Workers want flexibility to take on work that make sense for their unique situations, but DOL’s Independent Contractor rule forces them to either succumb to a more restrictive working arrangement or drop out of the workforce altogether.”

The mission of IWF’s Center for Economic Opportunity is to develop and advocate for common-sense policy solutions, grounded in data, to expand workplace choice, flexibility, freedom, and opportunity. As a Congressional Review Act is being considered to rescind the damaging restrictions on independent contractors, IWF will continue sounding the alarm to protect true worker freedom. 

IWF signs Independent Contracting Coalition Letter HERE.

Fellows at IWF’s Center for Economic Opportunity calling to protect independent contractors from the disastrous DOL rule: 

  • Patrice Onwuka and Karen Anderson discuss why the new restrictions on independent contractors will destroy working women’s flexibility in Washington Examiner.
  • Patrice Onwuka discusses Biden’s war on working women in the New York Post.
  • Karen Anderson writes in the Daily Caller about the new DOL rule going to war against freelancers.
  • IWF Fellow at the Center for Economic Opportunity Jennifer Oliver O’Connell penned a letter in the New York Times calling to protect the rights of independent contractors. 
  • Oliver O’Connell writes in The Hill that the new DOL rule is California’s damaging gig workers law now going nationwide. 
  • Whitney Munro, senior adviser for Independent Women’s Forum, writes in USA Today on how the DOL rule wages war on workers, women and entrepreneurs. 

To learn real stories of those impacted by independent contracting crackdowns, visit IWF’s “Chasing Work” page HERE



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