The Federal PRO Act Will Destroy the Livelihoods of Millions Across America
When the PRO Act (S1306/HR2474) was introduced in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in May 2019, supporters claimed that the purpose of the legislation was to protect workers’ rights to unionize.
Then later that year, legislators pulled a fast one to make union leaders happy. They changed the legislation to include the regressive ABC test to determine worker classification.
Based on the Great Depression-era criteria for determining employee status, the ABC test in the PRO Act mirrors California’s disastrous AB5 legislation. Since AB5 went into effect January 1, 2020, thousands of independent contractors have been victims of its career-killing chaos, resulting in lost contracts and lost income statewide. California is now defending several federal lawsuits challenging AB5’s constitutionality.
Laws that include the 1930s ABC test essentially outlaw the ability to work independently for millions of entrepreneurs nationwide
Meanwhile, lawmakers in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington have introduced similar legislation in those states.
Laws based on the ABC test are anti-independent contractor, anti-small business, and anti-American. There are solutions, but lawmakers in Congress aren’t listening.
88 percent of independent contractors oppose the ABC test-based legislation.2019 Contently Survey
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