House Bill to Limit Protections for Gig Workers

The legislation would adjust the rights of independent, flexible workers.

The House of Representatives is considering the Worker Flexibility and Choice Act to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 which would change the classification of gig workers. The update would introduce “flexibility agreements” between companies and independent workers, ending minimum wage and overtime protections for the latter. The legislation would change the term “employee” to exclude those who enter a worker-flexibility agreement.

Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas introduced the bill and Representatives Elise Stefanik of New York and Michelle Steel of California co-sponsored it. The bill would supersede all other federal, state, and local laws and guarantee limited workers’ rights, such as privacy, nondiscrimination, nonharassment, nonretaliation, safety, and time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for members of Congress as they consider significant changes to employment protections.
  • For representatives of the House to be discerning as they vote on this legislation.
  • For Americans who have made their living as independent workers.

Sources: MarketWatch, DemocracyNow


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