Debate to continue over NJ bill rewriting rules for freelance workers, contractors
Independent contractors, freelancers and others in the modern gig economy won an initial battle in New Jersey when they forced lawmakers to delay rewriting a law that workers say would potentially force them out of their jobs.
But it remains to be seen whether they will be successful in killing the plan altogether.
The legislation, S-4204, is part of the state’s effort to clamp down on employers that save on labor costs by classifying regular employees as independent contractors. The Legislature did not vote on it during its final session of the year last Monday, but the current legislative session does not end until Jan. 14, so it may yet pass.
An earlier version of the bill mimicked a California law that independent contractors say will be devastating to them, a comparison state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, the New Jersey bill’s sponsor, has said is unfair.