Posts tagged freelancer
Union Workforce Plummets As Freelance Economy Grows
January 24, 2023 // Workers, instead, are independent and seek non-unionized jobs at higher rates. Big Labor may benefit from positive media coverage and high approval ratings, but trends reveal workers aren’t receptive to their message. While an oft-cited 2022 Gallup News report claims 71% of Americans view unions positively, most workers are disinterested in joining unions—with 58% saying they are “not interested at all.”
Conservative group launches effort to fight Biden administration workplace rules
October 28, 2022 // If implemented, the new rules could restrict independent contracting, which would force some freelancers to reclassify as employees, and broaden the definition of joint employment, making it harder to own and operate franchise businesses. Because these rules are being proposed by executive branch agencies, they do not go through rounds of debate and votes in Congress. However, under the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act, they must go through a public comment period to receive feedback before being implemented. This is where the group, Heritage Action for America, is trying to make an impact, soliciting comments from the public via a new website.
How California’s AB5 Law Has Destroyed Women’s Livelihoods In The Freelance Transcription Profession
September 12, 2022 // An unintended consequence of AB5 appears to be ageism. The freelance transcription profession is especially suited for seniors, so older transcritionists have been harshly affected. Teri Isveri, who runs a successful transcription company in Arizona, had to tell two of her 10-year associates that she could no longer use them once AB5 went into effect. One of them was in her 80s. “This law is crushing so many good people,” said Teri. “This woman was a lifelong Californian, veteran and elderly person who, because of AB5, now no longer has the small income she made. It was horrible to have to break her heart by letting her go.” Jessica Tucker, Kathy Lang, Melissa DeMuri, Debbie Gosselin, Teri Isveri, Anne Cherchian,
Opinion: Biden must reverse course and protect independent contractors
June 17, 2022 // With this new rulemaking period, the administration has a chance to turn the page on its stridently anti-independent contractor stance. Any new rules should protect the right of Americans to make a living outside of a traditional employment relationship. Under current law, there are two ways an individual can have a relationship with someone that is paying you. The first is an employee, where a person that is paying the individual has total control over how, when, and where the work is being done.
Biden Administration Continues Waging War on Freelancing
June 10, 2022 // The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled the department violated the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 by only offering a 19-day comment period on the “delayed” IC rule. Governmental agencies must allow 30-60 notice-and-comment periods. The Coalition for Workforce Innovation et al. v. Walsh decision reads like this, “Having vacated the Delay Rule, the court turns to the Withdrawal Rule. Plaintiffs claim that the Withdrawal Rule is arbitrary and capricious, in violation of the APA. Again, the court agrees.”
CPC files amicus brief to protect Californians’ right to the ballot initiative
June 6, 2022 // AB 5’s backers, primarily union leaders and their allies in the state legislature, said gig workers would get health insurance, rest breaks, and other benefits afforded to employees under California state law. Those union leaders did not mention that those drivers would lose what’s arguably the most attractive feature in their bargain with Uber and Lyft: the freedom to determine their work schedules. Castellanos v. California, Lorena Gonzalez, Proposition 22, Judge Frank Roesch,
Opinion: Handcuffing Freelancers Is Bad For Economy And Small Business
June 3, 2022 // Addressing the increasing economic uncertainty, rising inflation, and declining consumer confidence requires a pro-growth economic response from Washington D.C. The right policy focuses on broad-based deregulation to reduce costs on businesses, encourage entrepreneurship, and incent greater economic activity
Employee Rights Act Would Protect Hardworking Latinos & Expand Freedom for All American Workers
May 9, 2022 // The LIBRE Initiative supports the ERA and its efforts at protecting American workers from anti-choice legislation like the PRO Act and ensuring that they have the flexibility to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving economy.
Commentary: One proposal to modernize labor laws would benefit women; another could set them back decades
May 5, 2022 // The PRO Act seeks to regress to the 1950s workplace that denied workers the flexibility needed to balance work/life demands. The ERA would preserve the gains women have made and provide important rights of autonomy, privacy, and opportunity for women and men alike.