Policy Issue:

Worker Freedom

More and more Americans now work as freelancers, independent contractors, and gig workers, rather than solely as employees of one company or organization, because they value the freedom and flexibility these relationships provide. Unfortunately, some policymakers are pushing policies to restrict these opportunities and confine more workers to traditional 9-to-5 jobs.


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Here’s what’s happening

There are state and federal efforts to reclassify independent contractors as employees and they will kill opportunities for millions of American workers. When California imposed significant restrictions on who could be independent contractors, with a law known as AB5, it forced many of the states two millions of freelancers to make an all-or-nothing choice: become an employee or not to work at all. Workers reported losing clients, contracts, income, and jobs because many businesses couldn’t afford to offer all independent contractors formal employment opportunities. California is not alone. Several other states are considering similar restrictions, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (the Protecting the Right to Organize or PRO Act) that would have imposed AB5-style restrictions on the entire country.  

 

Why you should care

The workplace and workforce are changing rapidly, as workers demand more flexibility and freedom. More and more Americans now work as freelancers, independent contractors, and gig workers, rather than solely as employees of one company or organization. These arrangements allow workers to have greater control of their schedules and work. They get to decide when, with whom, and how much they work. Many women—especially moms—benefit from the flexibility of contract work. Reclassifying independent contractors as employees is the wrong direction for workers. It’s time to fight for worker flexibility and freedom.

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Protecting Worker Flexibility And Freedom

Reclassifying independent contractors as employees will kill flexible work arrangements and leave millions of people unemployed.

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