Although a federal proposal that would allow independent contractors to seek reclassification as employees is dead for the time being, ASTA is preparing for its reintroduction. Colin Tooze, ASTA's vice president of government affairs, said the legislation would add a substantial financial burden to any agency that is challenged by an independent contractor, no matter the outcome of the challenge. ASTA's primary concern, Tooze said, is making sure that small travel agencies are not unfairly burdened.

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