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 Ask U.S. Panel
The Ask U.S. Panel, the U.S. Census Bureau project developing its own probability-based research panel, is duplicative at best; numerous private sector insights companies and organizations already provide well-established high-quality online panels, including probability-based ones. The Census Bureau should use the competitive marketplace of available insights services to acquire pre-existing research services on an as-needed basis, which would reduce public burden and cost taxpayers less 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.