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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PPP vs. PRO: A textbook case of cognitive dissonance in Washington

As published in The Hill: The truth is that Americans like me need to be saved not by, but from deeply misguided ABC Test legislation. Any lawmaker who agrees with making PPP better for small-business owners now, and who agrees that nonemployer firms like mine are important to the U.S. economy going forward, must also vote no on ABC Test laws like the PRO Act. … Read more …

Public Comment

USDOL Independent Contractor Rule Should be Implemented Immediately

Today, Fight For Freelancers USA submitted this public comment, asking the Biden Administration to withdraw its delay of the new U.S. Labor Department Independent Contractor Rule. 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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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) acknowledges “independent contractors are not all the same”

As reported in The Washington Post: “We know that independent contractors are not all the same — some are misclassified or would prefer to be treated as full-time employees, while others genuinely prefer to be independent contractors and use this kind of work to supplement other employment,” Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) said in a statement. “My position has simply been that a one-size-fits-all model that locks you into benefits with one employer might not work for everyone and, frankly, doesn’t work all that well right now for people that want to either try something new or start their own business. We should be testing different strategies at the local level and uncovering what works best for workers long-term.” … Read more …

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Reclassifying Gig Workers is a Bad Idea

Ron Busby, president and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, writes in New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press: “There’s an ill-conceived notion that reclassifying these independent contractors/gig workers as employees is good for workers and for small businesses. It is not, as the good people in the great state of California demonstrated when they rejected reclassification efforts there.” … Read more …

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Is Anyone Actually Editing The New York Times Editorial Page?

As reported on DailyKos: Nothing has changed for Uber drivers in California since the legislation went into effect six months ago. What has happened, instead, is a drawn-out legal battle between Uber and the state while thousands of other Californians are being thrown out of work in more than 300 professions documented so far — none of which The Times even bothered to mention, if the editors even realized it is happening at all. … READ MORE…