Providing Continuing Guidance on Misclassification and Joint Employment in a Fissured Workplace  [6.12.17]

On June 7, 2017, the Trump Administration leadership at the U.S. Department of Labor pulled down two important guidance documents that were issued when I served as President Obama’s Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division.  These guidance documents, called Administrator’s Interpretations, deal with critical issues related to the fissured workplace: misclassification of workers as independent contractors and joint employment responsibility of employers in business organizations.

The Department of Labor announcement of the decision to remove the two documents was notably terse. > MORE

David Weil is the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He was the US Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor for the last three years of the Obama administration. He is a leading international expert on workplace and labor market policy and was a professor of economics and management at Boston University School of Management before taking office. The insights contained in The Fissured Workplace deliver a bold perspective on the fundamental restructuring of employment and its impacts on workers and businesses, and were the basis of much of the work Weil did at the agency.


“David Weil heading to Brandeis,” Talking Points column, The Boston Globe, 5.19.17. Read the article.

“That $9.99 find at T.J. Maxx? It might raise questions about labor practices,” by Megan Woolhouse. The Boston Globe, 6.13.17. Read the article.

“Uber Drivers Confront Challenges Working For A 'Faceless Boss.’” Listen to the piece that was broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered on 6.9.17.

“Shaky Jobs, Sluggish Wages: Reasons Are at Home,” 
by Eduardo Porter, New York Times. 2.28.17. Read the article.


“Lots of Employees Get Misclassified as Contractors. Here’s Why It Matters,” Harvard Business Review. 7.5.17. Read the article.

“How to Make Employment Fair in an Age of Contracting and Temp Work,” Harvard Business Review. 3.3.17. Read the article.

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