The PRO Act

Federal Legislation: The PRO Act

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) would update the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA), strengthening the ability of workers to organize.

However, because it contains the controversial ABC test to determine who is an employee under the NLRA, the PRO Act threatens the careers of professional freelance writers. ASJA advocates for replacing the ABC test with another test or changing its language, as many freelance writers would be classified as employees under the NLRA under this bill.

The PRO Act was passed by the House of Representatives in March 2021. It is currently under consideration by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). The bill is heavily supported by Democrat Congressional members, and President Biden.

Text of House bill H842

Text of Senate bill: Not yet posted

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FAQs, Myths & Facts About the Anti-Independent Contractor Laws and the ABCs

Here’s a primer on some of the issues involved in classifying employees and independent contractors.

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State Level Legislation

Resources to learn more about what’s happening in different states.

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Advocacy Tools

Whether legislators are proposing anti-independent contractor laws in your state or you’re concerned about the federal legislation, here are the basics of advocacy.

Resources to learn more about what’s happening in different states.

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Past Advocacy Efforts

ASJA has been at the forefront of freelance advocacy for decades.

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