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 […]

There’s Nothing Fair About the ‘Fair Workweek’

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently announced a plan that unintentionally makes it harder for workers and businesses to thrive: the Fair Workweek. Designed to give employees more stability in their work, the fair workweek has been proposed as a way to solve unpredictable hours within the restaurant and retail industries. Yet as evidence shows, Warren’s […]

Journal Post: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown (California) signed into law the $15 minimum wage, saying “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense” but, “morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense.” It’s been three years since then, and despite the American economy doing better than ever, new labor regulations are threatening to undo […]

New Study Shows State-by-State Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage; It’s Not Pretty

A new study shows that a $15 national minimum wage would ravage the American workforce, destroying millions of jobs, shrinking consumer benefits, and markedly reducing economic output. The research, conducted by my colleagues and me at the American Consumer Institute, is part of a broader initiative to measure the state-level economic effects of major labor […]

Chicago Daily Herald: Fair Workweek Ordinance will Punish Chicago’s Working Parents

There were cheers and celebration when the Chicago City Council voted in favor of some of the strictest and most wide-ranging predictive scheduling laws in the country earlier this year. But for the city’s working parents, the celebration is set to end before it even begins. Read this op-ed, published in the Chicago Daily Herald, […]

Inside Sources: Scrapping Predictive Scheduling Laws Would be a Holiday Miracle

Predictive scheduling regulations, laws that regulate how businesses schedule work shifts for their employees, are on the rise across America. Rather than helping workers, they are capping their earning power and imposing unnecessary costs on businesses and consumers. As employees and shoppers begin to gear up for the busy festive season, a time when many […]