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PoliticsAB5, Landmark Bill Protecting Gig Workers in California, Becomes Law

21:25  18 september  2019
21:25  18 september  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com

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The hard-fought bill that may one day give full employee status to workers engaged in the gig economy, spearheaded by companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, has finally been signed into law by the office of California’s Governor Gavin Newsom.

AB5, Landmark Bill Protecting Gig Workers in California, Becomes Law© Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (AP)

Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) was introduced by Representative Lorena Gonzalez in January and intended to codify a recent state Supreme Court decision into law. The wonky details involve a more stringent test for employers to prove their workers are actual independent contractors—the classification gig economy companies use to dodge labor protections like overtime pay and health insurance—rather than full employees. With a huge package of amendments added before its passage through the Senate last week, the bill was signed by Newsom today.

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California is close to reclassifying gig economy workers as employees The California State Senate has approved Assembly Bill 5, voting 29 to 11 in favor of requiring gig companies like Uber and Lyft to recognize independent contractors as employees. It's not a law just yet -- it has to go through the State Assembly and secure California Governor Gavin Newsom's signature after this -- but it's close to becoming one. The New York Timessays the State Assembly vote is expected to be a mere formality, and Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law, seeing as he endorsed it. If the bill does become a law, it'll go into effect on January 1st.

AB5, Landmark Bill Protecting Gig Workers in California, Becomes Law© Image: Office of the Governor

“Assembly Bill 5 is a landmark legislation for workers and our economy,” Newsome wrote this afternoon. “A next step is creating pathways for more workers to form a union, collectively bargain to earn more, and have a stronger voice at work.”

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"The need to create lasting economic security for our workforce demands action. Assembly Bill 5 is an important step," Gov. Gavin Newsom says.

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