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Report: Lyft CEO Says Company May Cease Operations

Report: Lyft CEO Says Company May Cease Operations

At Height of Pandemic, Smith’s AB5 Could Mean Hundreds of Thousands of Lost Jobs, Lost Transportation for Seniors Valencia, CA – In yet another example of how Christy Smith’s signature legislation, AB5, is on the cusp of crushing Californians even further, Lyft CEO Logan Green said in a court filing that Lyft may have to […]

California Limits Unpopular Law That Restricted Freelancers

California Limits Unpopular Law That Restricted Freelancers

BY MATTHEW VADUM California Gov. Gavin Newsom quietly signed a law on Sept. 4 repealing parts of an unpopular law that put independent contractors in the state out of work and limited the earnings of freelancers, including visual artists, musicians, writers, translators, and film support crews by classifying them as employees. The enactment of the new measure, […]

California Government Outlaws Freelance Work

California Government Outlaws Freelance Work

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views California has outlawed freedom, freedom of choice.  Want to kill baby in California—government says go for it.  Want to write articles in your spare time, drive a ride share, be a trucker—no choice, join a union work for a corporation. “Freelance jobs are “feudalism,” says California […]

POLITICS | California’s new labor law is a work in progress. Here’s how lawmakers could change it

POLITICS | California’s new labor law is a work in progress. Here’s how lawmakers could change it

BY HANNAH WILEY The California Legislature is considering nearly three dozen bills to clean up or repeal the landmark gig economy law … Assembly Bill 5 limits employers’ ability to label employees as independent contractors,  … …  Republicans want to overhaul it. Proposals from Republicans include exemptions for a slew of workers like youth sports […]

House Democrats to vote to take controversial California ‘gig economy’ regulations national

House Democrats to vote to take controversial California ‘gig economy’ regulations national

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Michael Bloomberg recently said in Fresno that the rest of the country looks to California for “leadership”.  In this case Washington Democrats are using a California law, AB 5, as a way to mandate union membership and take away freedom of choice for workers in the […]

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 […]

POLITICS | California’s New Law Will Limit How Much Some Freelance Journalists Can Write

POLITICS | California’s New Law Will Limit How Much Some Freelance Journalists Can Write

By Shelby Talcott | Contributor   A new California law set to take effect Jan. 1 will limit how much some freelancers, including journalists, can work. The law is largely aimed at companies such as Uber, Lyft and food delivery services. However, it will also extend to some workers in the freelance journalism business, and Vox […]

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 […]

Truckers sue California, say new gig economy law would kill 70,000 jobs

Truckers sue California, say new gig economy law would kill 70,000 jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Trucking Association on Tuesday filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law that seeks to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft. The legislation violates federal law and would deprive more […]