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Calif’s AB 5 Contractor Law Could Soon Become National Standard
February 25, 2021
If passed, the PRO Act would implement the ABC test -- the California Supreme Court standard for classifying a worker as a contractor – in all 50 states. ... read more »
Judge Denies Uber and Lyft Appeal; Companies’ Last Chance on Prop 22 Falls to Voters
October 29, 2020
The legal push-and-pull over whether ride-hailing company drivers in California will maintain their status as independent contractors or become W-2 employees continued last week.  On Oct. 22, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld the injunction issued against Uber and Lyft last August that those companies’ app-based drivers are employees.  ... read more »
Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Producers, Writers, Musicians and More to Remain Freelancers 
September 11, 2020
After months of uproar, harsh criticisms and biting commentary from advocates representing various industries, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 into law on Sept. 4. The legislation is an AB 5 amendment bill, and it will go into effect immediately.   ... read more »
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Bill to “Save Local Journalism” Awaiting Gov. Newsom’s Signature
September 3, 2020
With a 69-4 vote, the Senate passed Assembly Bill (AB) 323 Tuesday. It proposes granting ethnic media outlets, mid-size publications, and daily newspapers an additional year to pursue alternative and sustainable distribution models that don’t involve contract drivers. That would allow them to come into compliance with the state’s controversial AB 5 labor law. ... read more »
Fight for Uber and Lyft Drivers to Remain Their Own Bosses Heats Up as November Vote Approaches
August 6, 2020
As the general election in November gets closer, rideshare and app-based delivery drivers are rounding up support to defeat a ballot initiative that will decide the fate of app-based work in California.   ... read more »
Black Business Group Takes AB 5 Independent Contractor Fight to Gov. Newsom
June 18, 2020
The Black Small Business Association of California (BSBA) sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom June 12. In it, the group criticized the state’s proposed allocation of $20 million in the 2020-21 budget to enforce AB 5. ... read more »
California Writers, Photogs Sue State Over New Law That Chokes Freelance Journalism
January 2, 2020
AB 5 writes into law a 2018 California Supreme Court ruling that instructed businesses in the state to apply an “ABC” test to determine whether a worker is a freelancer or employee. ... read more »
Dynamex Law Will Gut Black Newspapers in California
September 8, 2019
  This is a direct appeal to Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and our entire state legislature. I’m writing this on behalf of the more than 20 African American-owned newspapers that operate in cities and towns across California. ... read more »
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