An “Opinion” article was published in Inman about H.R. 842, the PRO Act. The PRO Act is a labor bill that touches upon different aspects of the employer and employee relationship. The focus of the article is the possibility that the PRO Act could make changes to the ability of REALTORS® to do business as independent contractors. The opinion piece inferred passage of the bill by the Senate was imminent. This is simply not the case. This bill, as currently written, will not achieve the necessary votes in the U.S. Senate to pass.
C.A.R. and NAR have worked for years to educate members of the Legislature and Congress on the importance of REALTORS® having the choice to be independent contractors or employees. C.A.R. was successful in amending AB 5 and, thus, protecting the ability of California REALTORS® to continue their half-century practice as independent contractors. C.A.R. continues to assist and support NAR’s efforts to maintain its members’ independent contractor option as lawmakers debate H.R. 842 and other bills that deal with this issue. We expect to be successful in these efforts.
Additional information may be found at:
NAR Stresses Support for Independent Contractor Classification
Independent Contractor Bill AB 5 Signed: Real Estate Licensees Can Remain Independent Contractors