Americans for Tax Reform today released a coalition letter with 20 signers supporting the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act of 2020. The full letter can be read below:


July 30, 2020

RE: S.3733 and H.R. 6988, the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act of 2020

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Majority Whip Thune & Senator Cornyn: 

The undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers, thank you for your insistence that the next COVID-19 relief bill include liability protections for businesses, schools, and nonprofits in compliance with public health guidelines. Unless Congress acts, a tidal wave of frivolous lawsuits could dampen our already fragile economic recovery. 

In particular, we are grateful that Senate Republicans have embraced protections for app-based platform companies that work with independent contractors. Senators Braun, Cassidy, Loeffler, and Scott, and Representatives Miller and Cuellar have introduced S.3733 and H.R. 6988, the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act of 2020, and Senate Republicans included similar protections in the SAFE TO WORK Act for joint employment and independent contracting, which is also included in the HEALS Act. These measures would provide app-based platform companies that provide PPE and other worker protections with a safe harbor for the length of the pandemic.  

As families increasingly rely on delivery and ride-sharing platforms to access supplies, groceries, take-out meals, and prescriptions, app and internet-based businesses have proven critical throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These platforms have also provided flexible earnings opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans during these challenging economic times. 

During the pandemic, many app-based platform companies – like countless others across the country – have proactively provided workers with sick pay, personal protection equipment like masks and hand sanitizer, and access to health services. Without tailored legal protections, we are concerned that opponents of these companies will sue and seek to use these actions as evidence of an employer-employee relationship under federal law. Special interests have utilized state laws like the disastrous AB5 in California to try and eliminate the app-based platform business model entirely. Congress should not follow California’s path at the federal level. 

In addition, we believe Congress should focus on protecting the freelance economy in the face of sustained attacks on the left.Independent contracting has been in the crosshairs in state capitals around the country. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to force companies to reclassify independent contractors as employees. If other states follow California’s lead and erect barriers that impede commerce, Congress may need to step in and create a federal standard. Without robust protections, both independent contractors and the millions of Americans who depend on them will be harmed as these goods and services disappear forever. 

We strongly support your efforts to ensure that liability protections for innovative companies are included in any final agreement on COVID-19 relief. 




Grover G. Norquist 


Americans for Tax Reform  


Pete Sepp 


National Taxpayers Union 


Jessica Anderson 

Executive Director 

Heritage Action 


Tom Schatz 


Council for Citizens Against  

Government Waste 


Adam Brandon 




Carrie Lukas  


Independent Women’s Forum 


Heather Higgins 


Independent Women’s Voice 


Eli Leher 


R Street Institute 


Krisztina Pusok 

Director of Policy and Research 

American Consumer Institute 


Ralph Benko 


The Capitalist League 


Ryan Ellis 


Center for a Free Economy 


Andrew F. Quinlan 


Center for Freedom and Prosperity 


Ashley Baker 

Director of Public Policy 

The Committee for Justice 


Katie McAuliffe 

Executive Director 

Digital Liberty 


Dave Wallace, II 


FAIR Energy Foundation 


Andrew Langer 


Institute for Liberty 


Karen Kerrigan 

President & CEO 

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council 


James L. Martin 

Founder / Chairman 

60 Plus Association 

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis 


60 Plus Association 


Dick Patten 


American Business Defense Council 


CC: Senators Braun, Cassidy, Loeffler, Tim Scott, Congresswoman Carol Miller, Secretary Mnuchin, Mark Meadows