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The Happening Now page provides links to Bills and Legislation that impact the professional translators and interpreters in the United States.  The information provided is from external sources and its intended for informational purposes only. 

PRO ACT - H.R. 842

National Level: OFFICIAL NAME: H.R.842 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021  Aka: PROAct

New Jersey:  Assembly Bill 5843 

 


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PRO Act  UPDATE -  AUGUST 2021

AAPTI recognizes the importance of ensuring and strengthening the voice for independent professional translators and interpreters in the policy arena, and thus we continue educate and engage policymakers on a host of issues. Among those issues that has taken center stage this year and has been of concern, is the federal PRO Act, which includes language around the ABC test. 

On July 22nd, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing to discuss the PRO Act. Below is a brief summary highlighting some of the discussion regarding the PRO Act and the ABC test: 

    • •Senator Hickenlooper (D-CO) asked, “can you confirm, and just reiterate, that the ABC test within the PRO Act will only be used regarding workers’ rights to join a union? And then can you explain how this test could help -- how it would help level the playing field?”

The response by Dr. Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy at the Economic Policy Institute, was that the ABC test that is within the PRO act will only be used regarding workers’ rights to join a union to help level the playing field. This would only apply to the rights workers have under the National Labor Relations Act(NLRA), which guarantees the right of private sector employees to organize into trade unions, engage in collective bargaining, and take collective action such as strikes. Central to the Act was a ban on company unions; this bill only seeks to make sure workers are not misclassified.

    • •Senator Baldwin (D-WI) asked, “What problem is the PRO Act, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act’s, ABC test trying to fix? And, how will it work? And will it require freelance workers to become W-2 employees?”

The response by Mr. Pearce, Executive Director of the Workers’ Rights Institute, highlighted – The ABC test is only there to classify who is actually an employee for the purposes of the acts of coverage. The ABC test assumes someone is an employee unless: the worker is free  from the employer’s control or direction in performing work; the work takes place outside the usual business; and the work that is being performed is independently done.

    • •Senator Moran (R-KS) asked, “How would the franchise business model ability to promote entrepreneurship be affected by the PRO Act?”

The Senator then used the example of CA AB 5 independent contractors, how much of a mistake it was, and pointed out that it had to eventually be amended to allow exemptions. Additionally, pointing out that the Pro Act has no exemptions.

Ms. Soralia, Principal & Managing Partner Ellis Hospitality, highlighted - AB 5 should not be the standard. If something like the PRO Act is passed it may cause a franchiser to not want to go into business with me. Furthermore, causing business growth to come to a halt.”

Although, the HELP committee hearing provided an opportunity for much discussion around the PRO Act and to provide greater understanding and clarity regarding specific components of the bill, the committee did not take action to vote on the bill. Despite having already passed the House of Representatives, and having support among many in the Senate, the PRO Act at this time does not appear to have the votes required to move the bill to the President’s desk.

APPTI will continue to keep you updated on the discussions and debates revolving around the PRO Act. 

AAPTI would like to remind our colleagues that we cannot achieve our goals in the policy-making arena without your support. Every little bit counts!! Please join AAPTI today or Give to the cause. 

Thank you! 

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