If you are getting whiplashed and confused by the enactment of Assembly Bill 5 – California’s controversial new “gig worker” law – you are not alone.
It’s the subject of several lawsuits, some expected to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, protests, job losses and even an initiative, Proposition 22, on the November ballot.
Meanwhile, the Legislature recently tried to clean up the mess it created by passing an “urgency law,” which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed, which exempts even more freelancers and independent contractors from the onerous new job rules. AB 5 initially exempted dozens of jobs – mainly at the behest of powerful industry lobbyists.
So, where does that leave local employers who rely on independent contractors, but fear hiring them? As I wrote when this law went into effect in January, it leaves them acting cautiously and using independent contractors only when necessary.