Back in May, a California Bill, AB 5, passed the state assembly. This bill expanded last year’s Dynamex decision that requires employers to perform the ABC test when determining whether a worker should be classified as a contractor or employee.
Since then, employers who work in the gig sector have been scrambling in an attempt to earn “exempt” status for their business models. Professions that earned exclusion from the bill include doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, insurance agents, accountants, engineers, financial advisors, real estate agents, and hair stylists.
Professions that did not earn exclusion, despite major lobbying against the campaign in general — ride-sharing apps. And now that Governor Gavin Newson officially signed this controversial bill into law last week, companies like Uber and Lyft (as well as other tech firms in Silicon Valley) have some major considerations to make…and lawsuits to tend to.
In other gig news, yoga teachers are trying to organize.