One week ago, the White House budget office wrapped up its review of a rule that would make more workers qualify as “independent contractors” under federal law. The completion of the OMB review generally signals that the final rule will be published soon in the Federal Register. The proposed version of the rule would create an “economic realities” test to determine who should be considered an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes federal minimum wage and overtime laws. DOL says the rule change will likely cause more companies to use independent contractors — workers who aren’t protected by minimum wage laws and don’t usually receive benefits, such as health insurance and/or paid time off. Independent contractors are also stuck with the full bill for federal payroll taxes; normally such taxes are split between employers and employees.