A few weeks ago, we advised that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at the Department of Labor had proposed a new rule regarding the standards by which a work is classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. At that time, interested parties were given a 45-day window – until November 28 – to submit comments. Last week, DOL changed strategies and greenlighted a full 60-day comment period for stakeholders and concerned parties to weigh in on the new regulation, meaning comments must now be received by December 13. If adopted as written, the new rule will make it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors, a status granting many workers autonomy and flexibility over their hours and earnings. Interestingly, the shorter initial public comment period being extended to a fuller comment window is the same process that has been used for public input on the new proposed standard for determining joint employer status.