Public Comment

Fight For Freelancers USA Public Comment: New USDOL Rule for Independent Contractors Should Be Put into Effect

Today, Fight For Freelancers USA submitted this public comment asking the Biden Administration to allow the new U.S. Labor Department Independent Contractor Rule to take effect. This rule should be implemented immediately to protect the majority of America’s independent contractors, who repeatedly say they want to remain independent contractors.

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The PRO Act’s Attack on Independent Contracting

As published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “The reality is that the PRO Act would apply California’s ABC test to the NLRA in all 50 states (and without the numerous exemptions that the California legislature later had to enact to mitigate AB 5’s ill effects). That alone is a dramatic change and it would be the first time the federal government has adopted this restrictive ABC test. It also is quite likely that once this ABC test is established under one law, it will be the pretext for it to spread into other areas, and we have already seen the Department of Labor engage in rulemaking on independent contracting.” … Read more …

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“I’m a freelancer who could lose out on income, flexibility, and being the primary caregiver to my child if the PRO Act passes”

As reported by Business Insider: “If the PRO Act passes in the Senate without any changes to its language and the ABC test becomes the standard used to classify employees, the fallout for my career and family could be considerable. I know because I’ve already once had to make major life changes due to the ABC test.” … Read more…

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“I backed Biden and the Democrats. But their pro-union bill could kill my career”

As reported by NBC Think: “Don’t enact sweeping legislation that squashes the vast majority of independent contractors and call it part of your plan ‘to create an economy where everyone can succeed.’ It’s a great slogan, and it plays well on a Twitter video, but it’s hypocrisy as long as the ABC test is part of your plan to do it.” … Read more …

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“The federal labor legislation that would kill my livelihood”

As reported in The Week: “If the PRO Act passes, the ABC test will not protect me as a worker. It will harm me. It will derail my career and drastically reduce my income. And it will do the same for millions of other Americans in the many lines of work I’ve mentioned here — including many medical workers filling in at hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.” … Read more …

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Stop Drafting Independent Contractor Legislation without Giving Independent Contractors a Seat at the Table

As reported by Law360: “The position in the Biden plan on independent contractors is not only confusing but also seems to have ignored the position of one of the key stakeholders: the freelancers themselves. Seeking to change the test in order to curtail independent contractor relationships and instead promote the employment of freelancers appears to be out of touch with the overwhelming preference of those service providers.” … Read more …