Entrepreneurs Saved from DOL Nominee’s “Stone-Age” Policy Views, Senate Defeats Weil Nomination

By at 31 March, 2022, 9:38 am


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division, David Weil, was defeated on a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate (47-53) on Wednesday, March 30. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response:

“Small business owners, independent contractors and gig-economy entrepreneurs can breathe a sigh of relief today. A powerful DOL nominee with stone-age policy views was defeated in a procedural vote on the Senate floor with three Democrats joining all Republicans voting against the advancement of the nomination. David Weil’s writings and record of action during the Obama Administration show that he is an unapologetic opponent of independent work, entrepreneurship, and workplace flexibility. Our modern economy needs policies that allow for flexibility and for people to launch businesses without outdated barriers, or government rules that force them into working relationships they do not want, or ones that do not meet their financial or lifestyle needs.

“Mr. Weil’s views on independent contractors, franchise-owning entrepreneurs and the employees who work for them is woefully out-of-step with how people want to work and the entrepreneurial goals many are pursuing. The Senate did the right thing by defeating his nomination and SBE Council is grateful to all U.S. Senators who voted to protect small businesses and independent work through their vote that stopped the nomination from moving forward.

“A recent SBE Council survey of entrepreneurs who started their businesses during the pandemic uncovered the top reasons for launching their firms: 63% said ‘to be my own boss’ and 46% want ‘more flexibility and control of my time.’  These entrepreneurs want independence and control of their lives. The slate of regulatory policies Mr. Weil planned on moving through the DOL, which are strongly supported by President Biden, would force many into working relationships they do not want and ones that work against their financial needs and the flexibility they desire.

“With the courts last week – and now the U.S. Senate – supporting a reasonable framework for rules that govern independent contractors and small businesses, we urge President Biden to reflect on his ancient policy thinking and put forward an agenda and nominees that support economic dynamism and growth. All he needs to do is to talk with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help inform his policy choices.”


Karen Kerrigan,

SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For more than 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil





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