Town Hall: Hero Pay Hurts the Workers it is Supposed to Help

By artificially mandating wages for grocery store employees, city officials are not doing workers any favors. The pandemic has already added extra operational costs to businesses that must be paid to keep customers safe. New minimum wage requirements increase labor prices substantially for grocery chains, and companies have been forced to make big adjustments due to their […]

Real Clear Health: Make the COVID-19 Telehealth Reforms Permanent

Despite the overwhelming popularity of telehealth among patients and providers, and its overwhelming growth over the past decade, most of the reforms to telehealth are only temporary, with barriers to access once again erected once individual states declare the public health emergency over. To combat this, and ensure patients can continue to access telemedicine, states […]

Congress: Taking Aim at Vaping Will Not Solve the COVID Problem

On December 27, 2020, and after threatening a veto, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law.  Despite the headline element of the bill being direct payments of $600, the spending package also contained a bill entitled the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (POSEC). This bill, hidden on […]

COVID-19: Mitigating Worker and Consumer Risk

As the country slowly regains its economic footing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, consumers, employees, and their employers are working to develop the ‘new normal’ for essential and re-opened businesses. As part of this process, labor groups, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, are pushing to make temporary pay increases […]

Real Clear Policy: Congress Needs to Empower Gig Economy Workers

For many millions of Americans who work in the gig economy, connecting to customers through platforms like Uber and Airbnb, the COVID pandemic has brought severe financial hardship and uncertainty. On top of that, employment laws — which deter gig companies from providing hazard pay, cleaning supplies, or other benefits to their contractors — aren’t helping.  Congress […]

Coalition Letter Supports Efforts to Help in the Economic Recovery from COVID

ACI joined a large coalition of groups in support of the expansion of full expensing provisions in the U.S. tax code. The CREATE JOBS Act proposes to allow business investments, Research and Development, and capital expenditures in rental and commercial structures to be fully expensed, rather than depreciated. That provision will act as an bold […]

Imagining Post-Coronavirus Labor Market Should Put Spotlight on Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational licensing will have a profound impact on the U.S. economic recovery in a post-coronavirus world. At least 1 in 5 American workers holds an occupational license, a rate (for comparison) that far exceeds union membership. More than 1,000 jobs — ranging from electrical helpers to animal trainers to fortune-tellers — require a license in […]

Medical Industry Deregulation Spurred by COVID-19 Should be Made Permanent

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government — along with many state governments — has moved to loosen regulations on medical licensing, telehealth, reimbursement, and FDA approvals. These measures have helped accelerate pharmaceutical innovation, expanded access to critical care, and empowered medical workers to focus more on patients than on red tape. These […]