Why millions of freelancers fear a Biden presidency may put them out of work

Why millions of freelancers fear a Biden presidency may put them out of work
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[Ed. – They won’t be the only group to suffer in the event his economic plan is enacted.]

With the presidential election coming, Carolyn Bothwell, a freelance copywriter from Charlestown, Massachusetts, has been hearing from concerned members of the freelancer community she started, Freelance Founders, about what the results may mean for their business.

Some are wondering what Democratic candidate Vice President Joe Biden’s public support for AB-5, a union-backed California law, aimed at preventing the misclassification of rideshare drivers by giving them the status and protections of full-time employees, means for the future of their businesses. AB-5 had to be modified repeatedly after taking effect on Jan. 1, 2020, because it was putting so many other types of freelancers out of work. “They are really worried about it,” says Bothwell. That’s because Biden — historically a supporter of unions — wants a federal law similar to AB-5 that could place steep restrictions on who can be a freelancer.

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