Technological advances and a changing economy have made it easier than ever for people to find work, regardless of location. But state laws continue to lag behind, creating barriers for entrepreneurs who want to work as independent contractors. Empower Independent Contractors requires states to update their laws to match federal standards, making it easier for companies to hire contractors, creating jobs and growing the economy. This commonsense reform moves people from welfare to work, empowering individuals with disabilities who want to work from home, those in rural areas, and retirees who are building a second career. These protections for independent contractors allow Americans at all income levels experience the freedom of work.