In his World of Work blog Dennis Westlind has an interesting post about a new bill introduced by Senators Kerry, Kennedy, and Obama. If enacted, it would amend the FLSA and establish severe penalties for calling (and paying) employees as if they were independent contractors.
Since Obama is a sponsor, if he wins the presidency in a few weeks there's a good chance that this bill, S3648, will become law before too long.
We've posted before on the danger to employers from misclassifying employees as independent contractors. If this bill becomes law, the stakes will get even higher.