You’ll NEVER Guess the Dark Side of Biden’s Labor Nominee’s Policies

Julie Su, President Biden’s pick for the next Labor secretary, is already being accused by Republicans of supporting policies that would hurt the gig economy and franchise workers.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., the top Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said Su is wrong for gig economy workers based on her performance as secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and as deputy Labor secretary.

Cassidy said that during her tenure as California’s labor chief, Su supported a regulatory proposal known as AB5, which was aimed at tightening restrictions on who employers could classify as an independent contractor. He said Su would pursue similar goals in Washington, which would destroy the gig economy, stripping 21 million individuals of their ability to be independent contractors and enjoy the flexibility it provides.

Su also supported what became known as the “joint employer rule” in California, which was designed to extend a franchisee operator’s liability to the franchisor.

Opponents of the provision argue that it would make it more difficult to create and sustain franchise businesses because it would unfairly make the parent company liable for incidents at the franchisee level, and in the end, make it more difficult to employ people in these companies.