Washington Examiner: Biden’s War on Independent Contractors

In the final days of the Trump administration, the Department of Labor issued a rule providing much-needed clarity to millions of people who work as independent contractors. President Joe Biden‘s war on independent contractors further escalated in March 2021 when his Department of Labor announced plans to withdraw the rule. However, if Biden wants to make good on his […]

Townhall: Biden’s Trojan Horse

President Joe Biden recently released his long-awaited American Jobs Plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. While a small portion of Biden’s plan is focused on upgrading America’s roads and bridges, the plan also calls to enact the anti-worker PRO Act into law. The American Jobs Plan represents a trojan horse that will enhance union power, deny independent contractors […]

Inside Sources: The PRO Act Undermines Worker Freedom

Since 1943, 27 states across the country have implemented right-to-work laws. Those laws ban unions from compelling workers to join, amounting to over $400 in membership dues each year. Despite the overwhelming popularity and the economic prosperity right-to-work laws have brought to states, politicians are now seeking to repeal them. President Joe Biden made repealing right-to-work laws a central pillar […]

The Economic Standard: For the Sake of Independent Contractors, Reject the PRO Act

On the same day the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the largest stimulus package in American history, they also passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO) of 2021. While the stimulus package was the focus of press attention, the PRO act could upend millions of independent contractors’ livelihoods and economic prosperity. Despite President […]

The Economic Standard: Department of Labor Provides Clarity for the Gig Economy

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, independent workers have become an increasingly important part of the modern American economy as workers choose flexibility over traditional “9 to 5” employment. This trend is most clearly evidenced by the substantial growth in the numbers of Americans participating in the gig economy. In 2005, Intuit estimated only […]

ACI Supports Final DOL Revisions to Independent Contractor Status

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule which was issued today is a big win for consumers, small businesses, and the independent workers who value the flexibility independent contracting provides in selecting when and how to work. ACI applauds DOL’s efforts to establish clear and consistent standards that clarify the classification of employee or independent […]

Town Hall: PRO Act Will Harm Contractors and Consumers

It seems legislators at every level are intent on cracking down on independent contractor work. Unsurprisingly, California was the first to propose restrictions by establishing a three-pronged test that would determine whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or a traditional employee. Shortly after, state legislators in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington all proposed […]

California’s Proposition 22 and the Benefits of the Gig Economy

The following is a statement from Steve Pociask, President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute: “California’s Proposition 22 is pro-consumer. The proposition seeks to turn back recent regulations that are stifling the gig economy and freelance employment. The gig economy has opened up opportunities both for those looking for flexible work opportunities and for […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Re: (RIN) 1235-AA34, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) These comments are submitted on behalf of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization, with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking […]