In Support of S.3733 and H.R. 6988, the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act of 2020

August 4, 2020

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Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Majority Whip Thune & Senator Cornyn:


The undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers, thank you for your insistence that the next COVID-19 relief bill include liability protections for businesses, schools, and nonprofits in compliance with public health guidelines. Unless Congress acts, a tidal wave of frivolous lawsuits could dampen our already fragile economic recovery.


In particular, we are grateful that Senate Republicans have embraced protections for app-based platform companies that work with independent contractors. Senators Braun, Cassidy, Loeffler, and Scott, and Representatives Miller and Cuellar have introduced S.3733 and H.R. 6988, the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act of 2020, and Senate Republicans included similar protections in the SAFE TO WORK Act for joint employment and independent contracting, which is also included in the HEALS Act. These measures would provide app-based platform companies that provide PPE and other worker protections with a safe harbor for the length of the pandemic.


As families increasingly rely on delivery and ride-sharing platforms to access supplies, groceries, take-out meals, and prescriptions, app and internet-based businesses have proven critical throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These platforms have also provided flexible earnings opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans during these challenging economic times.


During the pandemic, many app-based platform companies – like countless others across the country – have proactively provided workers with sick pay, personal protection equipment like masks and hand sanitizer, and access to health services. Without tailored legal protections, we are concerned that opponents of these companies will sue and seek to use these actions as evidence of an employer-employee relationship under federal law. Special interests have utilized state laws like the disastrous AB5 in California to try and eliminate the app-based platform business model entirely. Congress should not follow California’s path at the federal level.


In addition, we believe Congress should focus on protecting the freelance economy in the face of sustained attacks on the left. Independent contracting has been in the crosshairs in state capitals around the country. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to force companies to reclassify independent contractors as employees. If other states follow California’s lead and erect barriers that impede commerce, Congress may need to step in and create a federal standard. Without robust protections, both independent contractors and the millions of Americans who depend on them will be harmed as these goods and services disappear forever.


We strongly support your efforts to ensure that liability protections for innovative companies are included in any final agreement on COVID-19 relief.




Grover G. Norquist


Americans for Tax Reform


Dick Patten


American Business Defense Council


Krisztina Pusok

Director of Policy and Research

American Consumer Institute


Ralph Benko


The Capitalist League


Ryan Ellis


Center for a Free Economy


Andrew F. Quinlan


Center for Freedom and Prosperity


Ashley Baker

Director of Public Policy

The Committee for Justice


Tom Schatz


Council for Citizens Against

Government Waste


Katie McAuliffe

Executive Director

Digital Liberty


Dave Wallace, II


FAIR Energy Foundation


Adam Brandon




Jessica Anderson

Executive Director

Heritage Action


Carrie Lukas


Independent Women’s Forum


Heather Higgins


Independent Women’s Voice


Andrew Langer


Institute for Liberty


Pete Sepp


National Taxpayers Union


Eli Leher


R Street Institute


Karen Kerrigan

President & CEO

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council


James L. Martin

Founder / Chairman

60 Plus Association


Saulius “Saul” Anuzis


60 Plus Association



Senators Braun, Cassidy, Loeffler, Tim Scott

Congresswoman Carol Miller

Secretary Mnuchin

Mark Meadows



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