The Insights Association takes positions on all manner of public policy issues impacting the insights industry. These position papers can be used by members for their grassroots efforts to influence policymakers.
The PRO Act
The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) (H.R. 20, S. 567) would, among other purposes, dramatically expand the definition of "employee" in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), adding an ABC test to determine if someone is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of union organizing. The legislation would make it harder to properly classify research subjects receiving incentives for participation in market research studies as independent contractors.
The Census Household Panel
The Census Bureau requested $1.713 million in FY24 for the Census Household Panel, a program to develop its own online research panel, in-sourced from a failed project formerly known as the Ask U.S. Panel (on which Congressional appropriators demanded more transparency in FY23). That project was recently criticized by the Inspector General. The Census Bureau should instead use the competitive marketplace of available insights services to acquire pre-existing research services as-needed, which would save the Bureau time while saving the taxpayers a lot of money.
Non-Compete Agreements in Employment Contracts
The Insights Association opposes the use of non-compete agreements in employment contracts for all but the most senior employees unless the employees receive compensation or severance commensurate with the time frame the employees are restricted, but the use of non-disclosure agreements or non-solicitation agreements should not be impeded.