Learning About the PROAct
I haven't been on much lately here at WA, so I apologize if this has been covered already. I am not trying to be political here. But the PROAct will affect many of our businesses or livelihoods. Whether you are pro or con, you should be aware of what is happening.
If you are a freelancer or rely on freelancing for your business, Congress has already passed a version of the PROAct. If you aren't familiar with what that is, it essentially could classify freelancers as employees under certain conditions.
A similar act was passed in California and many freelancers feel it killed their businesses completely. Business owners that used to rely on freelancers stopped using them completely because of the least resistance rule. In other words, instead of taking a chance trying to guess what constitutes (or should constitute) an employee vs a freelancer, employers take the road that will lead to the least chances of getting in trouble with the law, which is not to use freelancers at all.
The issue is way too complicated to describe in a short post such as this. But if you believe that you need to take some action to try and stop or keep this legislation, depending on your perspective, then now is probably a good time to get involved.
A Facebook page that I recently joined has been covering many of the issues associated with the legislation. It's called Fight for Freelancers USA. It's easy to find and I am sure they will accept you if you ask.
My purpose for writing this isn't even to tell you whether to support or fight against this legislature. It's mostly to make everyone aware and you can do your research as you see fit. You can then take whatever measures you feel are necessary to protect or support your business or livelihood.