AB5-inspired PRO Act would make independent contractor rules and the ABC test a federal issue
The PRO Act – a federal bill that includes the ABC test for independent contractors and was heavily influenced by California’s controversial AB5 legislation – has passed the US House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate. The vote was mainly split along party lines, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill faces a tough road ahead in the Senate, where Republicans will have a better chance of stalling or defeating the bill. President Biden has endorsed both the PRO Act and AB5, leaving the Senate vote as the only real obstacle facing the bill’s passing.