I chose the entrepreneurial path after many years of working in the legal industry, as a lawyer and business professional. After having my second child, I grew weary of my full-time corporate job and began to think about ways in which I could do work I loved, make money and balance the demands of parenting and maintaining a household.
Gradually, I shed the remaining vestiges of legal work. Today, I am an executive, leadership and life coach. In the past six months, I have worked on my own business-building efforts in my private practice and have taken on independent contractor work with multiple employers.
I relish the flexibility of this professional path I’ve chosen. It enables me to make my own schedule, take care of my children and be there for them as they grow up. It also allows me not to be solely responsible for client generation.
Why I’m worried about S863 (formerly S4204/A5936): I choose to work as an independent contractor, and my revenue streams could disappear, harming my family. Many of the people whose lives would be hurt have chosen the freelance path for personal reasons. We want to be independent contractors. Many of us are working moms.
What lawmakers need to know: The legislative intent of S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) is to ensure that workers are properly classified. I understand that a malfeasance likely needs to be addressed, but I don’t see why a person in my situation should be caught in the crosshairs. The sweeping nature of the language in these bills is overly restrictive and threatens the livelihoods and choices of so many people in this state.
Be reasonable. Be deliberate. Be thoughtful. If legislation is truly needed, then craft it to address the wrong—but to go no further.