Comment from Marisa Shugrue

I am an independent contractor who opposes the ABC Test from California’s disastrous AB5 law becoming federal law in any way, shape or form.

I left my well paying full-time job and started my freelance writing business two years ago so I could have the flexibility to be home with my children more (which has been a blessing during the pandemic and related school-at-home situation) and support my husband’s career as an. Ohio National Guard soldier. He’s frequently out of town for weeks or months at a time, which was taxing on our family while I worked full-time, too. Being an independent contractor is a choice for me and my family. Data show I’m not alone — 79 percent of independent contractors preferred their arrangement over a traditional job.

The ABC Test would hinder my ability to freelance for magazines and news outlets (because writing is presumably not “outside the usual course of the employer’s business” as the B prong of the test says it must be). This is an antiquated, ludicrous standard. I prefer the IRS’s independent contractor test or something more up-to-date and realistic for people who are choosing this lifestyle for a variety of reasons.

Data also shows that droves of women (four times the number of men) left the workforce in September. The ABC Test would make it difficult or illegal for them to pick up flexible freelance or independent contracting work in fields where they have experience or expertise but cannot currently work full time. Why impose that burden, especially now? Please do not allow the ABC Test to become law.

Comment ID: WHD-2020-0007-0066 | 8-Oct-20

Categorized under Family, Flexibility

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