New legislation that is bad for domestic workers is being pushed through state legislatures across the nation. 

We've been tracking this legislation, and we don't like it. The legislation is very similar in every state, and creates a type of worker called a "Marketplace Contractor". 

Lobbyists for Handy have been pushing this legislation through, in one case with barely 10 minutes of discussion

Quartz reported on Handy's national campaign with the article "Handy is quietly lobbying state lawmakers to declare its workers aren't employees".

CNN spoke to Handy's lobbyist, Bradley Tusk, who gave some insight on why Handy is targeting these states: "If starting with the harder states failed, we're taking a shot at something that's a little faster." (Handy previously tried to pass similar legislation in New York, but failed.) He also gave some insight into why Handy is working so hard to get this legislation passed: "What is ultimately a better business decision? To try to change the law in a way that you think works for your platform, or to make sure your platform fits into the existing law?" (CNN)

Click on each Bill number to read it.

 
 

MARKETPLACE CONTRACTOR LEGISLATION

 

 
 
 

ALABAMA
SB 363

Introduced by Senator Arthur Orr on March 16, 2018.

 
 

CALIFORNIA

AB 2765

This bill was scheduled to be heard by the Labor Committee of the California State Assembly on April 18, 2018, but was withdrawn from the agenda.

We will update this page once we know when and if it comes up in future committee hearings

 
 

 
 

COLORADO
18-171

Passed out of Judiciary Committee on April 11, 2018.

 
 

 
 

FLORIDA

 

Enacted.

We've been unable to track this bill, but it has been reported on in the Tampa Bay Times article "Florida lawmakers approve last-minute change on behalf of powerful lobbyist"

 
 

 
 

GEORGIA
HB 789

Failed.

 
 

 
 

INDIANA
HB 1286

Enacted March 14, 2018.

 
 

 
 

This bill has been sent to the Governor for signature.

 
 

 
 

IOWA

HSB 558 & 546

Introduced January 31, 2018.

 

 
 

KENTUCKY 
HB 220

Enacted March 21, 2018.

 
 

 
 

TENNESSEE
HB 1978

HB-1978 has passed both houses.

The Times Free Press reported on the legislation in the Senate, reporting on sponsor Senator Watson likening "the marketplace platforms to business advertising in newspapers".

We invite Senator Watson to talk to a Handy worker, who will explain that marketplace platforms set the rates of workers, charge workers fines for changing their work schedule, facilitate payments and change rates of workers according to reviews.

Not much like a newspaper when you think about it, is it?

 
 

 

Enacted March 21, 2018.

UTAH
HB 364