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  • Lorena Gonzalez’s AB5 is Contributing to Coronavirus Deaths But She Still Won’t Back Down

    03/25/2020 8:28:57 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | March 21, 2020 | Jennifer Van Laar
    Since California’s controversial anti-freelancer bill was signed into law in September 2019, one (not unpredictable) result has been staffing shortages in the healthcare industry, particularly in fields generally staffed by contractors or locum tenens providers: physicians assistants, nurses, nurse anesthetists, and respiratory therapists. As the Wuhan coronavirus made its way into California, advocates who’ve been pushing to fix/amend/repeal AB5 let Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, the bill’s author, know in no uncertain terms that unless enforcement of AB5 was suspended until the crisis passed Californians who needed care from these professionals would die. Gonzalez didn’t listen, and people are dying. The populations...
  • New Law Could DESTROY Independent Music [California liberals complaining about AB-5, which was passed and supported by liberals] [13 minute video]

    03/17/2020 10:34:53 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    The Young Turks at YouTube ^ | February 27, 2020
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwpx-8Rl7lM
  • California Wedding Industry Turned ‘On Top of Its Head’ by Freelancing Law [AB-5 hurts women. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says, "I’m sorry you feel that way. This is not a bad bill."]

    03/17/2020 10:44:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | January 31, 2020 | Jamie Joseph
    TEMECULA, Calif.—Temecula-based destination wedding and event planner Michelle Garibay has run her business for the past 14 years without employees. Garibay has appeared in some of the nation’s most prestigious bridal magazines, including Style Me Pretty, The Knot, and Southern California Bride. However, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) has impeded her latest business operations, along with many others in her industry who use independent contractors. AB5 essentially prohibits freelance work, with a few exceptions; it mandates that businesses hire employees instead of paying contractors. “This industry isn’t well suited to having employees, because the work isn’t steady,” Garibay said. “And the...
  • California’s AB 5 kills off 40-year Lake Tahoe Music Festival

    03/17/2020 10:52:21 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    California Globe ^ | March 1, 2020 | Katy Grimes
    Another casualty in the quest to ‘save’ workers from ‘misclassification’ California’s AB 5 has taken another life: The new law has now killed off the 40-year old Lake Tahoe Music Festival. “After 40+ years of classical music concerts offered outside with family and friends, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival will call a wrap to our summer festival with two performances in August of 2020,” the official festival website says. The Festival also posted the announcement on their Facebook page. Assembly Bill 5 by former labor leader Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), has already significantly limited Californians’ ability to work as...
  • ‘Moderate’ Biden backs radical California regulation that destroyed freelance jobs

    03/10/2020 5:57:42 AM PDT · by karpov · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2020 | Brad Polumbo
    As the Democratic Party coalesces around 2020 candidate Joe Biden as an alternative to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, onlookers have taken it for granted that the former vice president represents a “moderate” Democratic option. While this is true, it’s only due to the radical extent of Sanders’s far-left socialism; Biden himself is no centrist. In fact, he’s quite left-wing on a number of fronts, and his stance backing job-killing California regulations is just the latest example. In a weekend tweet, the Democratic front-runner touted his support for AB 5, an extremely controversial California regulation that limited companies’ ability to hire...
  • California's Gig Economy Is Under Attack. "Companies can simply blacklist California writers and work with writers in other states, and that's exactly what's happening."

    03/05/2020 6:35:47 AM PST · by karpov · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | March 5, 2020 | Billy Binion
    A new California law intended to force employers to hire workers as employees rather than treat them as contractors is killing freelance jobs across the Golden State and leaving those contractors in limbo. Assembly Bill 5 (A.B. 5), which took effect January 1, was drafted in response to Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, a landmark court case that established a three-pronged test to determine whether companies are correctly classifying employees and contractors. That test says that contractors must control their workload, not perform work within the business's primary scope of operations, and be "customarily engaged"...
  • Judge Says Instacart Misclassified its California Workers (AB5 hurts CA workers again)

    02/26/2020 6:18:14 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 4 replies
    Vice ^ | February 25, 2020 | Lauren Kaori Gurley
    A San Diego judge said that the grocery delivery app Instacart has misclassified tens of thousands of its California gig workers who pack and deliver groceries as independent contractors. While the preliminary injunction does not go into effect immediately and is currently limited to San Diego, the decision is a historic first step in enforcing the new California law AB5. The controversial statute, which went into effect on January 1, was written to reclassify hundreds of thousands of gig workers in California as employees, making them eligible for basic labor rights and protections that tech platforms have conveniently circumvented for...
  • A California-style Brexit. Freelancers are rising up in opposition to the state’s new law regulating “gig workers.”

    02/13/2020 6:11:20 PM PST · by karpov · 24 replies
    City Journal ^ | February 13, 2020 | Erica Sandberg
    Are California Democrats—responsible for the state’s new anti-gig-worker law, AB5—so out of touch that they’re not aware of the growing anger of their constituents? It appears so. Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters. Musicians can’t join bands for a one-night gig, chefs can’t join forces with caterers, nurses can’t work at various hospitals, and writers must cap their submissions per media outlet to 35 per year. Under the law, these freelancers can no longer conduct the same business-to-business transactions they have for years or even decades. Clients with...
  • The AB5 backlash: Singers, actors, dancers, theaters sound off on freelance law

    02/13/2020 5:29:49 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    La Times ^ | Feb 12, 2020 | By MAKEDA EASTER
    AB5, California’s new gig economy law, has left the state’s performing artist community in a state of fear and confusion. The law is intended to reduce worker misclassification, making it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors. It establishes a test to determine whether workers are employees who should receive minimum wage, paid sick days and other benefits. But the law’s ambiguous language — specifically the use of the phrase “fine artist” without actually defining the term — already had led arts organizations to postpone or cancel productions and has sent others scrambling to raise more money to...
  • The Democrats and Their Prophetic Failure. Again.

    01/28/2020 8:18:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 28, 2020 | Christopher Chantrill
    It was only last October that I diagnosed the Democrats as suffering from “prophetic failure.” That’s what happens when the prophecies of a religious cult fail to turn up on cue. And why most politicians are sensible enough to say “we have only ten years to act” before the end of the world. I said back then, “the world was supposed to be all tucked up in progressive heaven by now.” The arc of history was bending towards justice. Then we got Trump. In When Prophecy Fails, according to Leon Festinger et al., the believers don’t just throw up their...
  • California Runs Off the Road. The new state labor law AB5 is causing trouble far and wide.

    01/24/2020 6:39:58 AM PST · by karpov · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2020
    Nancy Pelosi famously proclaimed that Democrats had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it. On the other hand, Democrats in California last year passed legislation outlawing many freelance and independent contracting jobs knowing the disruption it would cause—and voters are now discovering the damage. Ride-hailing app Uber this week rolled out changes for drivers and riders in California in an effort to duck the state’s new labor law AB5. That law reclassified a large swath of independent contractors from freelance journalists to Uber drivers as employees who are owed rest breaks, workers compensation, health benefits and paid...
  • The 2020 NAMM Show will honor Joni Mitchell as well as unleash a slew of new gear (no mention of AB5)

    01/11/2020 5:03:50 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 21 replies
    SB Sun ^ | January 8, 2020 | Kelli Skye Fedroski
    For many Southern California music fans, the most anticipated moment of the new year is getting the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival line-up, but for nearly 120,000 music merchants, industry insiders and musicians, the annual NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center is where the real excitement is. The National Association of Music Merchants has gathered every January in Anaheim since 1976 to show off new innovations in the industry. With thousands of exhibitors from around the world, the NAMM Show is one of the longest-running and largest music product trade shows in the world. This event is all...
  • California Court Says Truckers Exempt From ‘Gig Worker’ Law (Breaking)

    01/10/2020 8:47:11 PM PST · by hapnHal · 19 replies
    www.oann.com ^ | January 10, 2020 | Lisa Baertlein
    California’s new “gig worker” law does not apply to independent truck drivers because they are subject to federal statute, a Los Angeles judge ruled, handing a victory to one industry that is challenging a state effort to clamp down on labor abuses. The law, known as AB5 and which took effect on Jan. 1, makes it tougher for companies to classify workers as contractors rather than employees, a classification that exempts them from paying for overtime, healthcare and workers’ compensation. Report AdTruckers have mounted the strongest defense against AB5, which is best known for striking at the heart of high-profile...
  • Workers Resist California's Newest Bad Law

    01/04/2020 6:26:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2020 | Michael Reagan
    I'd like to see everyone have a happy and prosperous New Year. But I'm afraid a lot of freelancers and independent contractors in California are going to have it tough in 2020. Thanks to Democrat lawmakers in Sacramento, in fact, hundreds of thousands of part-time Uber drivers and freelance writers like me could lose their jobs or face drastic cuts in their incomes. The culprit is Assembly Bill 5, the "progressive" new state law that rewrites the rules for part-time "gig" workers and forces companies to reclassify their independent contractors and turn them into full-time employees. As of Jan. 2,...
  • In California, New Year Brings New Regulations for Businesses Laws on privacy and classifying independent contractors take effect Jan. 1 in the Golden State

    01/01/2020 6:55:59 AM PST · by karpov · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 1, 2020 | Christine Mai-Duc
    On Jan. 1, California will usher in a host of largely progressive laws that will mean major changes for consumers, workers and businesses, big and small. The laws, passed by a solidly Democratic legislature and governor, include first-of-their-kind consumer-privacy protections, a sea change in the way employers classify independent contractors and a cap on rent increases in a state grappling with sky-high housing prices. For many businesses, the new laws will require significant changes to how they collect data on consumers and whether they pay workers overtime or provide paid sick leave, changes that aren’t required by any or most...
  • ASTA Cautions New York Legislators About Independent Contractor Bill (CA's AB5 threatens in NY)

    12/24/2019 7:23:25 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 16 replies
    Travelmarket Report ^ | December 06, 2019 | Richard D’Ambrosio
    The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) cautioned the New York State Assembly that pursuing legislation with a narrow definition of employees and independent contractors (IC) could greatly injure the travel agency community in America’s fourth largest state. New York State is considering legislation that would amend state labor laws, tightening the definition of independent contractors and full-time employees. Senate Bill S6699A is sponsored by Robert Jackson, (D, 31st District), and is currently in the Senate Rules Committee. No movement is expected on the proposed legislation until the state legislature reconvenes in January 2020. The Assembly’s version is Bill A8721A....
  • California Freelancers Sue To Stop Law That's Destroying Their Jobs. Pol Says Those 'Were Never Good Jobs' Anyway.

    12/23/2019 4:28:36 PM PST · by karpov · 50 replies
    Reason ^ | December 23, 2019 | Billy Binion
    A nonprofit legal foundation is suing California on behalf of freelance workers who say the state's recently passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) will destroy their livelihoods. Set to take effect on January 1, 2020, AB5 will make it illegal for contractors who reside in California to create more than 35 pieces of content in a year for a single company, unless the outlet hires them as an employee. "By enforcing the 35-submission limit, Defendant, acting under color of state law, unconstitutionally deprives Plaintiffs' members of their freedom of speech as protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S....
  • California Governor Signs Law on Gig Economy That Could 'Gut the Music Industry

    12/20/2019 10:19:33 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 47 replies
    Billboard ^ | September 18, 2019 | Billboard Staff, AP
    California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies like Uber and Lyft and to workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have national implications as lawmakers, businesses and unions confront the changing nature of work and the rise of the so-called gig economy. "California is now setting the global standard for worker protections for other states and countries to follow," Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the bill's author, said in a statement. The legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom makes it harder for companies to classify...
  • 'It feels cold and heartless': Hundreds of California freelancers have been fired before the holidays over a state law meant to help Uber and Lyft drivers

    12/19/2019 10:17:32 AM PST · by karpov · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 18, 2019 | Allana Akhtar
    Rather than spending the holidays relaxing, Will Griffith needs to decide whether he should immediately leave the freelance gig he's had for the past five years or stick around until his contract is terminated in March. Griffith was one of 200 Vox Media freelancers in California who lost their job on Monday. The company nixed freelancers because of a new state law that defines some positions previously filled by freelancers or gig workers as full-time roles with benefits. The law takes effect January 1. California lawmakers meant for the new law, Assembly Bill 5, to help Uber and Lyft drivers...
  • California’s new employment law has boomeranged and is starting to crush freelancers

    12/12/2019 9:56:12 AM PST · by karpov · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 11, 2019 | Elaine Pofeldt
    ... AB 5 has sent shock waves through the world of companies that employ freelancers and the independent workers whom they rely on since it passed. The law codifies the ABC test — which helps employers determine who should be classified as a freelancer — giving exemptions to some types of freelancers, such as architects, doctors, insurance agents, lawyers, grant writers, real estate agents, tutors, truck drivers and manicurists. The law, which takes effect Jan.1, 2020, could cost the employers a lot of money. It says the exemptions are retroactive. The California Supreme Court just announced this week it will...