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. 842, S. 420) 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 defend the independent contractor status of respondents receiving incentives for participation in market research. H.R. 842 passed the House on March 9, 2021.
The Ask U.S. Panel
The U.S. Census Bureau’s plan to develop its own probability-based research panel would be duplicative, at best; numerous private sector insights companies and organizations already provide well-established, high-quality online panels, including probability-based ones. The plan also is anti-competitive, given these existing panels and the Bureau’s intent to fund an additional insights firm to build one that will be used to compete against the rest of the insights industry using intellectual property funded directly by federal taxpayers.
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.