The House of Representatives recently passed HR 842, the so-called PRO Act, which revises the definition of employee and employer, among other things. Very similar to California’s AB5, the PRO Act contains the same ABC test that is included in AB5 and proves to be problematic for independent language professionals. The PRO Act is currently being discussed in the Senate.
The American Translators Association (ATA) recently sent a letter to the senate, with a request to amend the PRO Act to protect translators and interpreters from misclassification (click here to read the letter). The ATA Advocacy Committee is urging all independent language professionals — this means you! — to send this letter to the 2 senators who represent their state, along with a personal note about why remaining freelance is important. There are 100 Senators, and ATA wants each of them to have received the letter from their constituent.
If you have any questions, you can contact the ATA Advocacy Committee at advocacy @ atanet.org.