Trump Can Gut Obama-Era Labor Regs Because They Were Never Meant to Last

Unofficial regulations and “guidance documents” passed without any public comment are no way to go about regulating an economy.

Eliminating a set of Obama administration rules for independent contractors and businesses that operate as franchises took U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta only three sentences.

That’s because those rules were passed in a way that practically invited their disposal by any future Republican administration.

Business groups welcomed the change. The Obama-era rules were potentially devastating for some small businesses and entrepreneuers and left bigger businesses on the hook for greater liability in future labor law disputes.

The change also serves as another sign the Trump administration is interested in rolling back rules that largely for political reasons to appease unions unnecessarily locked workers into less flexible employment relationships.

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