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Biden Set to Impose Hellish Regulatory Agenda on Workers, Job Creators

During an inflation crisis, a worker shortage, continued supply chain disruptions, and a looming recession, now is not the time to put additional burdens on job creators. Apparently, the Biden administration has not gotten the memo. From an expansive joint employer rule to punitive penalties on businesses, Biden’s federal bureaucrats are set to make the lives of workers and job creators a living hell.

In Case You Missed It via The Washington Times, job creators are in for some hard times under an emboldened Biden administration.

The 2023 costly regulatory wave
By Gene Marks
November 21, 2022

…[V]arious agencies of the Biden administration, along with a number of other left-leaning states and localities, are passing rules and regulations that will create many headaches — and costs — for businesses of all sizes next year.

For starters, the Department of Labor is now accepting comments for a proposed change to worker classification rules that affect independent contractors and freelancers…

…When this new rule come into effect—which is expected to happen in early 2023—many businesses will find themselves having to reclassify drivers, service people, developers and other contractors they use to generate income from independent contractor to employees who can then unionize, are entitled to benefits and will incur employer payroll costs.

The Labor Department is also expected to propose an increase in overtime wages in the coming months, which will require employers to pay more to many salaried employees earning as much as $80,000 per year for any hours they incur above 40 in a week. The agency is also supporting a number of states that are increasing their minimum wages to as high as $15 per hour this year.

In September, the NLRB also moved to make it easier for employees and unions to go after big employers if their smaller franchisers and contractors allegedly violate labor laws under a “joint employer” strategy that assumes that the big companies have “indirect control over working conditions such as scheduling, hiring, firing and supervision.”

Case filings at the NLRB by emboldened workers have “soared” in recent months, and even the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is joining in the regulatory party, with plans to tag more firms as “severe violators” under its expanded rules in 2023. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, now fully staffed with President Biden’s appointees, is also planning a party of its own over the next year, with more focus on the hiring and recruiting practices of employers.

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