Freelance Journalists File Suit Claiming AB5 Unconstitutional
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Some have mixed emotions about California’s Assembly Bill 5 that went into effect January 1, 2020. Many are hoping employers will be forced to hire on freelancers as a part-time or full-time employee while some freelancers are already getting the ax.
From the LA Times:
Under the state’s landmark labor law AB5, which goes into effect Jan. 1, news outlets can publish no more than 35 pieces per year from an individual freelance writer before that journalist must be classified as a part- or full-time employee. Some freelancers worry publishers will let them go rather than convert them to employees — a designation that guarantees some benefits and protections.
From the OC Register:
In fact, as we have long warned on this page, the bill [AB5] is putting thousands of freelancers out of work in California.