The American workforce is changing rapidly. The rise of work through online platforms like those seen in the sharing economy embodies many Americans’ new economic ideal—one driven by technology, convenience, and flexibility. However, this growth in independent work is under threat.
American workers are either classified as independent contractors or employees. While it is sometimes difficult for companies to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, government policy makes the decision harder . This is because various arms of the federal government use different definitions of employment. To fix this problem and create a level playing field, Rep. Elise Stefanik and Rep. Diane Black introduced the Harmonization of Coverage Act.
In the following interview, Rep. Stefanik explains why harmonization is important for job growth and discusses how workers—specifically millennials—can embrace the changing workforce.