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 […]

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 […]

Gig Workers and The Benefits They Want

Some people choose to work as an independent contractor (e.g. Gig worker).  The choice to be a self-employed worker or free-lancer has been an option for decades, especially in fields such as construction, entertainment, and commissioned sales.  Those arrangements are still viable. The self-employed format has also attracted people with skills in the information technology, […]