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Federal Judge Denies Injunction Against California Anti-Contractor Law After Admitting It Causes Harm

Federal Judge Denies Injunction Against California Anti-Contractor Law After Admitting It Causes Harm

BY MATTHEW VADUM   A federal judge refused to grant Uber and Postmates an injunction against California’s unusually restrictive anti-contractor law, even after acknowledging the law would cause the two companies “irreparable harm.” The law, known as AB5, forces companies to reclassify their freelancers as employees, which goes against their business model. When it took effect Jan. 1, […]

Nonprofit Founders ‘Upset and Freaked Out’ by California’s AB 5

Nonprofit Founders ‘Upset and Freaked Out’ by California’s AB 5

BY JAMIE JOSEPH   IRVINE, Calif.—“I was quite depressed when AB 5 went into law,” said Sylvia Amorino, founder of a non-profit organization called Solo Opera. Her organization is one of many non-profits that depend on hiring contract workers. Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), which went into effect Jan. 1, prohibits the use of contractors in […]

POLITICS | Senate Republicans Introduce Bill to Help Independent Contractors who Provide Necessary Services to Vulnerable Communities

POLITICS | Senate Republicans Introduce Bill to Help Independent Contractors who Provide Necessary Services to Vulnerable Communities

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and Senator Brian Jones (R-El Cajon) recently introduced Senate Bill 875 which would allow freelance translators and interpreters to remain as independent contractors. Co-authored by legislative Republicans from both the State Assembly and State Senate, SB 875 would specifically allow interpreters and translators to continue to serve […]

Frank | Surviving the Outcome of a One Party State — GOP Does Nothing

Frank | Surviving the Outcome of a One Party State — GOP Does Nothing

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views “A people that wants to remain ignorant and free … wants what never has been and never will be” ~ Thomas Jefferson.” CONTENTS How many Legislative seats without a GOP on the ballot? Pelosi to leave Congress next Spring Omar Navarro still in San Fran jail […]

Hundreds Of Freelance Writers Sue California Over ‘Career-Ending’ Assembly Bill

Hundreds Of Freelance Writers Sue California Over ‘Career-Ending’ Assembly Bill

BY KATABELLA ROBERTS Hundreds of freelance writers in California have filed a lawsuit against the state to prevent a new law from forcing some independent contractors to become employees of their clients. The AB5 bill aims to prevent companies from exploiting workers by falsely declaring them as independent contractors, but has received criticism among journalists who believe it restricts the freedom and […]

Huge Changes in at Least 48 Occupations Come January 1

Huge Changes in at Least 48 Occupations Come January 1

The brunt of Assembly Bill 5 hits full force come January 1, when Californians working in more than 48 occupations will either be out on the street from the loss of their independent contractor status or will be classified as employees by the firms using their services, according to NFIB California, the state’s leading small-business […]

The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

    By Edward Ring By now anyone who works as an independent contractor in California has heard of AB 5, which will force companies to reclassify them as employees. The justification for AB 5, which was reportedly written by the AFL-CIO, is to prevent companies from exploiting workers. Without AB 5, the reasoning goes, companies hire freelancers to […]

Over the Road Collateral Damage

Over the Road Collateral Damage

  By Richard Eber, California Political Review “Collateral Damage” is the terminology that is used to describe the unintended consequences of a policy or action.  Usually the results aren’t good.  This is not a situation where climate change allows farmers to commercially grow oranges in Alaska. We are talking about the school of hard knocks. […]

Today’s Passage of AB 5 Should be a Civics Lesson for All Time

Today’s Passage of AB 5 Should be a Civics Lesson for All Time

It began with a court taking it upon itself to legislate who is an employee and who is an independent contractor and ended today with final legislative passage of a bill aimed at putting the court’s decision into regulatory and enforceable code but winding up instead picking which occupations get a pass and which don’t. […]

AB5 Can’t Keep This Good Newsletter Down!

AB5 Can’t Keep This Good Newsletter Down!

California Policy Center   It’s time for your favorite weekly newsletter, from California Policy Center! The California state legislature is moving forward with AB5, which seeks to end independent contracting as we know it. State lawmakers say the bill will rein in Uber and Lyft, punishing them and others who hire independent contractors. Unfortunately, some industries […]

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