AB 5 Becomes Law: California Limits the use of Independent Contractors by Employers 

California

From JDSupra, Kelly Scott reports that California’s AB5 was signed by the governor and provides a terrific summary of the bill. Kelly writes: On September 18, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5, thereby establishing a law that purports to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors and provide “basic rights and protections they…

NYC extends Human Rights Law to freelancers, group gains protections against discrimination, harassment

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions, reports that New York City is extending protections  against discrimination and harassment to freelancers and independent contractors: New York City’s Human Rights Law is being expanded to include freelancers and independent contractors following the New York City Council’s vote on Sept. 12 to…

How Much Will AB 5 Really Change California Law?

California

From The National Law Review, Aaron H. Cole suggests that California’s enactment of AB5 doesn’t change things as much as people think. Aaron writes: Pre-AB 5: The ABC Test Has Been California’s Test Since April 2018 The real sea change occurred over a year ago in April 2018, when in a significant decision the Supreme Court of…

Will New York Be The Next Gig Economy Battlefield?

New York State

From JDSupra, Melissa Osipoff Camire suggests that New York may follow California’s lead and adopt a test similar to the ABC test that California just codified. Melissa writes: There are several signs that a similar ABC test could be coming to the Empire State. Among them: In just a few short weeks, the New York…

California AB 5: Classifying Employee or Independent Contractor

California

From The National Law Review, Chris M. Micheli provides an outstanding review of California’s recently enacted AB5 which adopts the ABC test for most workers and outlines a number of exceptions. Chris provides a through review of the new law and also shares letters from the legislator who introduced the bill and the governor. Chris…