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Comment 33

Proposed Rules
Chapter 815
Marketplace

From: Jake Fernandi


Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:42 PM
To: TWCPolicyComments
Subject: Concern with TWC Recent Approval (by a 2 to 1 vote) of a Rule Classifying
Website Hires as Independent Contractors and NOT Employees

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To Whom It May Concern:

I became aware of the subject action after reading an article in the 01/16/2019 “San Antonio
Express News” written by Chris Tomlinson. My concern is that TWC, with this ruling if it
stands, has made a large number of Texas workers too easy, for some Texas employers, to
reclassify from “employee” status to that of an “independent contractor.” It will deny Texas
workers legal rights and benefits that they should receive and needlessly reduce valid, moral
costs that website hiring employers should pay that “brick and mortar” employers must pay.

This ruling seems unfair, biased against a major group of employees and should be decided by
Texas legislative action not TWC political appointees. Before it is final within the TWC it
should be reversed and voided.

I am copying my state Senator (district 26) and state Representative (district 116) on this matter
as a concern for all Texas voters, workers and citizens. Please add this commentary to others
you receive on this matter.

Thank you.
J. S. Fernandi