In The News05.04.2021

Snigdha Mamillapalli Quoted in National Logistics Industry Publication Regarding Potential Policy Shifts on Independent Contractors

FreightWaves

Snigdha Mamillapalli, an attorney in Pullman & Comley's Labor and Employment and Litigation practices, was quoted in "Labor Secretary Statement on Independent Contractors a Preview of Policy Shifts," an article in national logistics and trucking industry trade publication FreightWaves about a recent statement by Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh about the question of gig workers versus full-time employees, in which he noted that  “in a lot of cases, gig workers should be classified as employees.”

According to the article, "the statement and what occurred in its wake can be seen as one of the first significant developments in what will be a key labor issue facing the Biden administration and by extension those industries that rely on independent contractors for much of their workforce."

“The Biden Administration clearly believes that more gig workers should be classified as employees,” Snigdha said.

She noted that when a new rule gets put into place, “employers will be obligated to follow it.” As soon as it’s in place, she said, “workers will be able to bring complaints for violations, and the DOL presumably will go on some sort of enforcement campaign.”

She added, “Companies should be using this moment to reevaluate their workplace policies and practices to minimize the risk of misclassification.” 

You can read the full article on the FreightWaves website.

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