Flex Work In the News

The concept of working as an independent contractor has been around for centuries. In recent years, new technology has given millions of Americans the opportunity to earn money, work flexible hours and be their own boss through independent contracting. Military spouses, transitioning service members, stay at home parents, and people just looking to earn a few extra dollars have all benefited from this type of work—not to mention the millions of consumers who are able to purchase all manner of services right from their phone.

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ReportAug 06, 2020 - 9:45am

PPI Report: Regulatory Improvement for Independent Workers

The Progressive Policy Institute recently released a report on regulatory reforms for independent workers.

ArticleJun 25, 2020 - 12:45pm
California Sate Capitol

Misclassification Mayhem Dashes On

The state of California demonstrates its reluctance to foster a good business environment on a regular basis and with seeming alacrity, and one bugaboo du jour among the Golden State’s policymakers is the area of alleged 

In the NewsJun 17, 2020 - 11:15am

The Real Impact of AB 5

In 2019, the California legislature passed A.B. 5, a bill that dramatically curtails the use of independent contractors in the state.  A.B. 5 establishes a three-factor “ABC” test to determine whether someone is an employee, or an independent contractor.  Predictably, the law has upended many successful business models and cost some workers their jobs.

In the NewsMar 04, 2020 - 4:00pm

California’s AB 5 kills off 40-year Lake Tahoe Music Festival

California’s AB 5 has taken another life: The new law has now killed off the 40-year old Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

ArticleFeb 21, 2020 - 6:00pm
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VA Set to Pass Worker Misclassification Bill

This legislative session, the Virginia State Legislature has taken up numerous pieces of legislation dealing with worker classification, in other words, when a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor.

CommentFeb 13, 2020 - 3:15pm

Letter Supporting West Virginia SB 528

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 528, the “Uniform Worker Classification Act.”

In the NewsJan 29, 2020 - 12:00pm

Welcome to Ms. Kavin’s Neighborhood. Today’s Lesson: The ABCs

California's AB5 law relies on three questions, originally written in the 1930s, to determine the legality of an independent contractor. Those questions are the basis for proposed legislation that could have a profound effect on the gig economy. A.)The person is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; and B.) The person performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and C.) The person is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed.

In the NewsJan 19, 2020 - 3:00pm

California’s AB5 Leaves Women Business Owners Reeling

As seen on Forbes.com. California's AB-5 has made it more difficult for women like Aimee Benavides to maintain her flexible work schedule and meet the needs of her family.

In the NewsJan 09, 2020 - 12:00pm

Thank goodness the ‘gig worker’ bill was put on hold, freelancer says

A New Jersey bill aimed at cracking down on misclassifying independent contractors could instead be "career and culture killing."