Chris Nickels Quoted in Business Insurance Article About New U.S. Department of Labor Proposal That Could Increase Litigation
Quarles & Brady partner Chris Nickels, a Milwaukee-based member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, was quoted in a Business Insurance article about a U.S. Department of Labor proposal that would expand the number of workers who are considered employees rather than independent contractors. This proposal could lead to more employment-related lawsuits and would also return to the standard of evaluation during the Obama administration.
Regulation on the issue is based on the Fair Labor Standards Act, the 1938 law that requires an employer to pay an employee a minimum wage as well as overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of a 40-hour week.
Observers say in some ways regulation in this area is an effort to adapt a decades-old law to a changing economy.
“It does have a mindset of someone who’s standing in line to punch a timeclock,” as opposed to the gig economy, in which many workers are classified as independent contractors, said Christopher L. Nickels, a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP in Milwaukee.