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This is the first in a series examining the potential effects of the federal Protecting the Right to Organize Act on farriers’ hiring practices and their hoof-care businesses.
Legislation that aims to impose the most sweeping changes to national labor law in 86 years is swiftly moving through Congress and promises to dramatically change the hiring practices of some farriers.
On its surface, House Bill 842 and Senate Bill 420 — both titled Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021 — do not appear to be relevant for most farriers. They expressly state that the purpose of the bills is to expand “labor protections related to employees’ rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace.” Although the farrier industry likely was not the inspiration when Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote the respective bills, the definition of employee that is included in each…