Sen. Warren Calls for Federal Protection of Employers Against Multiple State and Local Employment Laws

May 20, 2016

In a speech this week on the economy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suggested that multi-state employers shouldn't "have to master different state regulations."  Titled "Strengthening the Basic Bargain for Workers in the Modern Economy," Warren's speech focused on how the Internet is transforming work.  The senator argued, "[I]t is time to create some legal and regulatory certainty in the labor market" by enforcing the laws already on the books, streamlining the "endless different legal definitions of an employee," streamlining "laws at the federal level so that employers operating across state lines don’t have to jump through a crazy number of hoops when they employ workers from, more than one state," and making sure every worker, "full-time, part-time, temp workers, gig workers, contract workers," have the right to organize.  Sen. Warren also called for strengthening the social safety net with universal catastrophic insurance coverage, and paid leave for all workers, including paid family leave.