PRO Act Update: H.R. 842 Goes Straight to House Floor Next Week

By Freelancer Jim Thompson, with tweet: “Cal’s AB5 was the canary in the coal mine. Congress wants to nationalize the same toxic mess that killed millions of California jobs.”

This past week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D, MD-05) announced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will be acted upon in the House next week.

When Hoyer announced this information last week, I misunderstood the announcement to mean the PRO Act, H.R. 842, would go to the House Education and Labor Committee.

My mistake! House Democrats are sending this devastating legislation threatening all 1099 independent contractors, including freelancers and gig economy workers, directly to the House floor.

On Monday, the House Rules Committee published the schedule to file amendments to the floor debate, which is tomorrow at 2PM CST.

As told elsewhere, the most controversial component of the PRO Act (of many) is codifying the Depression-era “ABC test” to determine worker classification between an “employee” and an “independent contractor”.

The ABC test was developed for factory work, not conducive to 21st century gig economy and freelancing work, much of which made possible through technology.

In the meantime, since significantly high number of independent contractors are women, the ABC test will devastate women in the work force, as Jim Thompson illustrated in another of his masterpieces from Monday:

From Jim Thompson, with tweet: “The PRO Act is monstrously bad legislation. With its ABC test, it will kill millions of careers, hurting mostly women.”

From the desk of John Lopez: If you value your job/career, particularly if you’re a 1099 independent contractor, now would be a good time to contact your respective House member, be it Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Sean Casten (IL-06) and anyone else you could influence, and have them amend the PRO Act and replace the ABC test with the IRS test for worker classification.

And tell their offices the truth, H.R. 842 may pass the House as is, but will not pass the Senate with the ABC test, and other issues including worker privacy.


PRO Act Update: H.R. 842 Goes Straight to House Floor Next Week — 3 Comments

  1. Does the term “gig economy workers” really mean lazy sacks of sh*t that can’t or do not want a real job?

  2. Paul Revere, wouldn’t be surprised that is what some think of gig economy workers, or this applies to app-based workers like Uber, Uber Eats and DoorDash drivers, but gig economy workers are much more, not unskilled and may be only way to earn a living, or supplement income.

  3. Sure try to get one of these SHEEP to change their sheep vote…bahbahbahaaa

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