Comment from Jennifer Butler

It was independent contracting that kept my family afloat when I unexpectedly became a single mom four years ago. I am so thankful that I had the flexibility to work the hours I needed and also work with different clients on policy. That flexibility allowed me to be there for my children when they needed me most.

If regulations such as California’s AB5 were in place nationwide, I would not have been able to pick up various project as quickly as I did. The confusing “ABC” test serves as a deterrent for small organizations and companies to work with independent contractors. I probably would have been classified as an employee or not been given the opportunities to do contractual work on my time and terms. This proposed rule is simple to understand and provides necessary clarity for both employers and individuals like myself that want to engage in freelancing.

Thank you for protecting independent contracting. Hopefully this will serve as an example for states to follow. I strongly recommend that it is made effective once published in the Federal Register.

Comment ID: WHD-2020-0007-1695 | 26-Oct-20

Categorized under Family, Flexibility, Independence

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