In less than 48 hours, Donald Trump will take the Oath of Office and be sworn in as America’s 45th president. What’s in store for freelancers under President Trump?
In my most recent blog post, I shared my enthusiasm and pride in this fact. My efforts aided in NYC becoming the first in the nation to protect independent workers against nonpayment. This would happen with the passing of the historic Freelance Isn’t Free Act.
The passage of the Act was another first for NYC and a major milestone for the 54 million workers pursuing a new American dream. Jeff Wald is the president and co-founder of Work Market. This is an online marketplace for businesses to manage independent workers. Jeff recently made a statement. “The only thing preventing employers from hiring more freelance workers is a clear and consistent set of rules.”
Interest From Trump and Policymakers
Whether or not Trump’s presidency does address the freelance community, many of its members are frustrated with the relative lack of acknowledgment. Particularly the interest it receives from policymakers. Especially when compared to the lip service paid to the small business community. Stephane Kasriel, the CEO of Upwork argues this point. “These independent businesses are the new ‘small business’ backbone of the U.S. economy.” She adds that “Any president should want to empower this country’s workforce. And as the independent work continues to increase, providing more opportunities for the businesses freelancers are creating is key.”