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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Aiding Freelancers, Indie Contractors

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From Deadline, Bruce Haring reports that California Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 on Friday, September 4, 2020. AB 22576 amends AB5, the California law that codifies the ABC test for classifying workerss as employees or independent contractors. Bruce write:

The California Legislature sent the bill on Monday night to Newsom, who signed it Friday.

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AB 2257, the bill that passed the state legislature Monday night, means freelance writers, photographers, translators and musicians will be among those getting exemptions from AB 5 to continue working as independent contractors, rather than employees.

Among the new features of AB 2257:

  • It eliminates the 35-submission cap for freelance writers and photographers. Current rules dictated that California-based freelancers who contribute more than 35 submissions to an outlet per year must be reclassified as an employee.
  • Translators, appraisers, and registered foresters are added to the “professional services” exemption. The exemption currently covers graphic designers, travel agents and marketers, among others.
  • The law allows music industry workers to continue working as freelancers. The list of exemptions includes recording artists, songwriters, producers, promoters and many others.

Read the full story at California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Aiding Freelancers, Indie Contractors – Deadline

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