(The Center Square) – According to a new survey, small business owners in Copper State appear to have adopted the local slang “Don’t California my Arizona”.
The Arizona Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business released its annual survey of Main St. Entrepreneurs on Monday.
NFIB received answers to three questions this month from 247 small business owners across the state.
The first of these questions related to the use of the Californian “ABC test” to determine whether an employee is entitled to benefits and vacation as an independent contractor or as a full-time, higher-priced employee.
The legal examination asks whether the employee is “in connection with the execution of the work, both within the framework of the employment contract and actually free from the control and instructions of the hirer; the employee carries out work that is outside the normal course of business of the hirer; ”and whether the employee“ usually works in a self-employed trade, profession or business of the same type that is connected with the work performed ”.
The test was implemented with the passage of Assembly Bill 5 in California in 2019. He had strong support from the state unions, but was criticized from corporations and others warning of widespread impact on the California economy. Many industries, including freelance journalists, were exempted from the law if there was a change in 2020. Protection of the Right of Association or PRO Act would To install such a requirement nationwide.
The vast majority, 83% of Arizona companies, told the NFIB that they were not in favor of such a law.
“Every state has a tiny number of bad actors trying to get away with something by classifying full-time workers as independent contractors to save money on payroll taxes,” said Chad Heinrich, NFIB state director of Arizona. “But California chose to fire a bazooka at an anthill-sized problem when its top court in its Dynamex ruling penned its ABC test to identify an independent contractor’s employee. And, not to excel, the state legislature passed Assembly Bill 5, which has wreaked unnecessary havoc with a variety of occupational classifications and affects the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.
“Our Arizona small business membership is clear about this: Keep this bad California idea out of here.”
The NFIB also asked business owners whether the state should “require companies that manufacture, sell, import, license or distribute product packaging materials to be responsible for the collection and recycling of these materials,” of whom 84% refused.
When asked, finally, whether Arizona should levy new taxes or fees on the “energy used by motorists, ships, or commercial and residential households to pay for the infrastructure needed to house EVs,” 91% of respondents disapproved of the idea.