National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Minnesota Survey Says Small Businesses, Freelancers Oppose New Contracting Restrictions

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reports that a recent survey of NFIB Minnesota members showed that small business owners oppose more restrictions on independent contractors:

Last month, NFIB Minnesota asked small business owners to participate in a short survey on our state’s system for determining which workers are employees or independent contractors.

The NFIB survey builds on a questionnaire created by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) created to assess the extent of worker misclassification. NFIB MN submitted our findings to the OLA earlier this month.

The Survey Says…

Overwhelmingly, small business owners said they do not want new restrictions on hiring independent contractors.

Key findings from the survey include:

– Most NFIB MN members believe Minnesota already has an effective method for classifying workers, but it’s not always consistently enforced by the state.

– NFIB MN members DO NOT want a California-style ABC test for independent contractors, which presumes that all workers are employees unless very high thresholds are met.

– NFIB MN members believe the state could do more to consistently enforce independent contractor rules and crack down on bad actors who deliberately cheat the system.

– NFIB MN members believe state employees should be better trained on the classification system and more impartial in their dealings with small businesses, the state should provide classification guidance in plainspoken terms, and there should be clearer industry definitions.

– NFIB MN members mentioned a failure by the state to take action after they filed a report of improper worker classification.

Read the full story at NFIB Minnesota Releases Results of Independent Contractor Survey – NFIB

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