California passes new legislation that will kill the freelance writing industry

Sunday, December 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Sunday, December 01, 2019

Come January 1st, independent contractors in California are going to have a much more difficult time making the same type of living they do right now. That’s because a new law will come into effect that redefines the word “employee” in such a way as to basically kill off the so-called “gig economy” in the Golden State.

Assembly Bill 5, or AB 5, will mandate that all working Californians be designated as employees of an employer unless they can show that the work they perform meets a strict set of criteria established by the California Supreme Court, including that their duties aren’t part of a company’s “core business.”

If someone who works for himself is directed by a “boss” to perform his work a certain way, or if this same worker has not established his own independent trader or business outside of the duties directed by his “boss,” then these are two other failed criteria that would land this worker in the “employee” category rather than the “independent contractor” category.

The Los Angeles Times says that AB 5 will “raise the bar for companies that otherwise might rely on freelance or contract work.” The paper also claims that the bill is “arguably the strongest of its kind in the nation” because it gives “the state and cities the right to file suit against companies over misclassification, overriding the arbitration agreement that many businesses use to shield themselves from worker complaints.”

Freelance writers deserve fair and honest treatment, but will AB 5 really give it to them?

But Rick Moran, writing for PJ Media, disagrees. As an independent contractor himself, Moran worries that the lives and livelihoods of people who contract their work independently in California – this includes Lyft and Uber drivers, by the way – will change dramatically for the worse.

“The bill has nothing to do with ‘workers’ rights’ and everything to do with kowtowing to organized labor, which can’t stand the notion that people might actually want to make it without a union looking over their shoulder,” Moran contends.

“But in addition to destroying the livelihoods of Uber and Lyft drivers, the law will apparently make the freelance writing industry obsolete,” he adds, citing a freelance writer by the name of Amy Lamare who says that in order to keep their lifestyles under AB 5, freelance writers in California “will have to develop a much broader base of editor contacts and likely experience more competition as a result.”

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