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Senators Introduce Employee Rights Act of 2022

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and other colleagues in introducing the Employee Rights Act of 2022, which would update and modernize the Employee Rights Act to protect independent contractors, franchisees, entrepreneurs and anyone seeking flexible work options. 

“I helped craft the legislation that made Idaho a Right-to-Work state, and will continue to support initiatives that protect hardworking Americans and meet the needs of an evolving workforce,” said Crapo.  “Our workforce has every right to choose its representation and union participation without heavy-handed, one-size-fits all mandates from the federal government.  It is imperative any policies reduce barriers to entry and encourage job creation, not coerce gig workers or small businesses into job-killing union agreements.” 

The Employee Rights Act of 2022 is also co-sponsored by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and Senators John Thune (R-South Dakota), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin). 

Representative Rick Allen (R-Georgia) is introducing companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Click here for full bill text. 

More than 60 pro-worker, pro-business groups have endorsed the Employee Rights Act. A full list is below:

Alaska Policy Forum
ALEC Action
American Business Conference
American Experiment
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Associated Equipment Distributors
Beacon Impact
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
California Business and Industrial Alliance
California Policy Center
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Union Facts
Ceramic Tile Distributors Association
The Club for Growth
Commonwealth Foundation
Consumer Technology Association
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Family Business Coalition
Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association
Freedom Foundation
Goldwater Institute
Heating, Air-conditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International
Heritage Action for America
Hispanic Leadership Fund
HR Policy Association
International Association of Plastics Distribution
Independent Bakers Association
Independent Electrical Contractors
Independent Women’s Voice
Institute for the American Worker
International Franchise Association
Job Creators Network
The John Locke Foundation
The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy
Kansas Policy Institute
The Libre Initiative
Littler Workplace Policy Institute
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Metals Service Center Institute
National Association of Electrical Distributors
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Fastener Distributors Association
National Marine Distributors Association
National Ready Mix Concrete Association
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
National Taxpayers Union
Nevada Policy Research Institute
National Federation of Independent Businesses
Open Competition Center
Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association
Palmetto Promise Institute
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Texas Public Policy Foundation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
60 Plus Association